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April 19--  The new chairman of the Toombs County school board wants more transparency when it comes to awarding contracts to vendors.

Chairman Daniel Caraway objected at this month's board meeting when he learned a contract to repaint the roof at Toombs County High School had not been publicly advertised.  The board ended up tabling a $69,000 quote until the work can be advertised.

According to Caraway, the board is supposed to advertise requests for  bids for any amount over $5,000.  He said the public needs to know how tax dollars are spent and have an opportunity to bid on work for the school system.

On another project, the board approved a $681,000 contract to McLendon Construction Company to widen Bulldog Road and install turn lanes in front of Toombs County High School.  The work is expected to start after school ends in May.

It also okayed next year's school calendar with the first student day set for August 22.