The Mexico School Board of Education met in special session Thursday night to accept bid proposal for school building renovations with money from last year's Bond Issue and to review the budget.

Lee Moore with JE Dunn Construction, reported they received 64 bids for 30 scopes of work. In addition to the major work, there were eight alternate projects presented. After voting to remove two alternate projects, the board unanimously to accept the base bid of $13,559, 241 and $324,430 for the remaining alternates.

Work on the outside of the buildings is expected to begin in approximately three weeks. The work will be done concurrently at the buildings. Work inside will begin after school is dismissed for the summer. The projected date is to have the renovations finished by the time school starts in August of this year.

Next on the agenda was discussion of the budget. Superintendent Kevin Freeman, presented the board a list of possible cuts to save money. He asked the board for their input on what is best for the district. The four-day school week was again brought up. After going over pros and cons, the board decided they need more information on the four-day school week before they could vote on it. Members said they don't believe the four-day school week will take place in the upcoming year.

Board members took Freeman's suggestions for the budget with them to review more closely. "If you have any ideas or suggestions they would be welcomed," said Freeman.

The budget will be discussed again at the January 17 regular board meeting.