Brownwood school trustees approved a package of bids Monday night from Lydick-Hooks of Brownwood that will replace designated roofs at Coggin Elementary, Old Lions Gym and the Boys and Girl Club building on the former South Elementary campus. Total cost will be $439,207.

Assistant Superintendent Kevin Gabaree said the other bidder on the project, SLR Roofing Systems of Fort Worth, quoted a price of $499,000.

Gabaree, in answer to a question from trustee Eric Evans, said SLR could probably begin work sooner than Lydick-Hooks, but approval to proceed from the insurance carrier would prompt a delay since it was not the low bidder.

The school district has been working with its insurance carrier for months for a settlement on roof damages sustained in storms in 2006 and 2007.

Meanwhile, Gabaree said work in ready to begin at the high school and Northwest Elementary, which he described as priorities. Next in line is the administration building followed by Gordon Wood Stadium, the transportation and maintenance buildings, Coggin Elementary and the Boys and Girls Club.

In other business, the board voted to tax tangible personal property in transit which would otherwise be exempt from the ad valorem taxes under House Bill 621. The action maintains the “good-in-transit” policy that has previously existed in the district.

James Campbell, executive director of the Brownwood Economic Development Corp., was the only person to speak at a public hearing on the matter Monday.

“This bill has caused a lot of confusion,” Campbell told the board, “It’s an unknown about what will and will not be taxed.”

Campbell said it appears the City of Brownwood and Brown County will stay with the exemption.

“You can opt in at any time, as you can opt out,” Campbell said, which is unlike the previous freeport exemption legislation. That means the school board could vote to change its decision should it help attract a major project.

“You’re very prudent to review this and not take this at face value,” Campbell said.

He said the sponsor of the bill, which was originally targeted for a specific portion of Texas but expanded to include the entire state, asked the Texas attorney general for a ruling on what it says after passage.