MUSD WILL PURCHASE BOISE CASCADE — Madera Unified decided Tuesday night to pursue the purchase of the former Boise Cascade Building, which will house the district maintenance, print shop, and warehouse facilities. The board had been comparing the BC deal with one offered by Dave Berry, who proposed to build a similar building on a different site at the same price. Berry withdrew his offer at the board meeting and said, “The MUSD staff who recommended the purchase of the BC property were absolutely ‘out to lunch.’” Trustee Joe Rossi was also against the Boise Cascade purchase.
BOARD DELAYS PUBLIC DEFENDER CONTRACT — A $38,200 error in a bid and the absence of a board member prompted supervisors Tuesday to delay awarding the contracts for public defender services. Attorney John Barker, the low bidder for the primary contract, told supervisors his bid of $291,600 annually was off by $38,200. He said he could not perform the contract for the original price. Barker said he offered to withdraw the bid, but was told by Assistant Administrator Stell Manfredi to discuss the situation with supervisors. Contracts will be considered again next week.
TIME CAPSULE CEREMONY SET FOR NEW JAIL — Cornerstone, plaque, and time capsule ceremonies for the new Madera County Department of Corrections are scheduled at 10:15 a.m. April 29. The new $12.8 million jail is nearly complete. It will house nearly 300 inmates and replace the county’s aging jail in Courthouse Park. Gail Hanhart McIntyre, chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors said a brief history of the jail project will be given. Friday’s ceremonies will include McIntrye, Van Gordan, Father John Bliss, and Al Hahn, chief of the DOC. The cornerstone and time capsule ceremony will be conducted by the Masons.
BOB VIRDEN RETURNS TO MADERA HIGH — Bob Virden was named the new head coach Tuesday night of the Madera High School football team. Virden served as defensive coach under Bill Sparks for five years and for two years under Dennis Fink before leaving for head coaching stints at both Reedley and Lemoore. Virden said it was an honor to follow both Sparks and Fink as head coach at Madera. “This is where I learned football and where I got my own philosophy toward the game,” Virden said. Virden will also have some classroom duties at Madera High...