Board gets tour, takes action to terminate contract

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Modernization and construction were the focus of last week’s meeting of the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education, who took a tour of the upgrades at the Burroughs High School campus and discussed several related items in closed session.

BHS Principal Bryan Auld led a tour of M Hall, which features indoor lockers, upgraded infrastructure and new technology.

“I think our board was very excited, as we are, about these changes,” said Superintendent Ernie Bell. “This completely enhances capabilities for our teachers.”

Bell said that over all, construction is progressing well at BHS, with demolition and reconstruction continuing across campus.

“And starting next week they will start pouring concrete for the foundations at the Murray Campus — there’s a lot going on.”

Closed session items included a discussion of significant exposure to litigation relating to the new Murray campus and pending litigation with ProWest Construction. No action was taken on either item.

The board also voted to terminate T&M Painting and Construction if conditions were not met within seven days. At press time, a district official said the conditions had not been met.

The board also met last in City Council Chambers to hear several updates from district, school and union leadership, and to discuss several items of policy review, revision and adoption.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the board will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at City Hall. Additional information, including agendas and reports, is available at

Pictured: SSUSD?Superintendent Ernie Bell shows where lockers will be placed inside the hallway. Moving them indoors will make way for additional lounge areas to accommodate students during lunch on campus. -- Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2017-01-20