The Mobile County School Board held a special-called meeting today, voting to approve the assignments of several new full-time and interim principals.

Kimba McCants Drakeford will move from her current role as assistant principal at Fonde Elementary School to full-time principal at Grant Elementary in Prichard.

During the Dec. 16 regular school board meeting, Jeffery Jones, whose children attend Grant Elementary, told the board the school desperately needed new playground equipment and a surrounding fence to heighten security, citing high-profile crime and “tragedy with children” within the Prichard area.

Additionally, Jones said the technological provisions at the school are limited. Jones went on to say that he would allow his son to bring his personal laptop computer to school, but administrators had yet to grant approval because they fear the electronic equipment would get damaged or stolen.

“For three years, I’ve gone back and forth with principals,” he said.

The board has yet to publicly present solutions for Jones’ concerns, however Superintendent Martha Peek told Lagniappe the board would move forward in addressing the issues after a permanent principal was in place at the school.

Melissa Paige Mixon, former principal at Calcedeaver Elementary School in Mount Vernon, will replace retiring principal Dianne McWain at North Mobile Middle School.

At Williamson High School, assistant principal Jeffrey Tolbert will serve as interim principal following principal Robert Likely’s retirement.

Another citizen and a member of the Williamson High School Alumni Association, Linda Wilson, said during the Dec. 16 meeting that she and the group would like to see Tolbert be appointed as full-time principal in order to provide a “stable force” in the interactions with students, families, staff, alumni and the community.

Finally, Laura Hittson, who served in academic affairs at MCPSS, will move to interim principal at Calcedeaver Elementary School.

In other business, the board approved Rod Cooke Construction, Inc. as the low bidder out of four bids for the Burns Middle School Science and Technology Building project for $1,567,000.

The board also approved White-Spunner Construction as the low bidder for the construction of the new Citronelle High School at $22,040,000.

The board also approved Don Gordon Construction as the lowest bidder for the Tanner Williams Elementary addition and renovation for $5,560,350.

Peek said she and the board are trying to be “very, very sensitive” about construction in order to preserve historic aspects.

“We know people are very attached to those buildings,” she said.

Elements from the older buildings will be incorporated into the new buildings, MCPSS facilities manager Tommy Sheffield said.

The board also approved a HVAC piping upgrade at Hall Elementary School for $179,000.

Peek proposed a scheduled facilities meeting for Jan. 7 at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the status and anticipated start and completion dates for these and other projects.