Brownwood school trustees approved a contract with the Texas Association of School Board’s Executive Search Services division for assistance in recruiting candidates for superintendent Monday.

The board also approved roofing proposals — all from Lydick-Hooks of Brownwood — for Northwest Elementary, Woodland Heights Elementary and the administration building.

The cost of TASB services will be $7,900, board president Michael Coppic said. In September, Dr. Sue Jones, superintendent, announced her retirement from the district effective at the end of June 2008.

Four vendors submitted roofing proposals, Assistant Superintendent Kevin Gabaree told the board. Lydick-Hooks was the low price on each. Insurance settlements will pay for the work after storm damage over the past 18 months.

Lydick’s price for Northwest was $554,529; the highest bid was $941,800. Its price for Woodland Heights was $278,998 while the highest total submitted was $551,859. Its price for the administration building was $301,953, compared to the highest proposal of $466,834.

“A lot of the cost difference is because Lydick-Hooks is local,” Gabaree said. “They don’t have the cost of set-up and travel.” The other three firms submitting proposals are headquartered in the Metroplex. Another major Brownwood company, Smith Roofing, did not turn in proposals, Gabaree said.

The board approved a bid of $238,621.68 bid from Allcom Solutions for a data network/VO-IP system at Northwest Elementary School. The district has $250,000 budgeted for the project, Jones said, and while it must pay for the system upfront, the district has been approved for a 90 percent reimbursement through the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism. That is also known as E-Rate, administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) at the direction of the Federal Communications Commission.

Meanwhile, Jones said the school is calling for proposals for the air-conditioning of dressing rooms on the east side of the Brownwood High School gym. Design for air-conditioning for the dressing rooms on the other side, under the bleachers, is more complex, and will be considered soon, she said.

The special meeting is probably the last one Sandra Garcia will attend, as she is resigning at the end of October because of a move out of her single-member district.

“I want to thank you for your dedicated service,” Coppic said as the meeting closed. “You’ve done a great job.”

“You’ve always been here, and we knew we could always count on you,” Jones added.