The Provo School District has added an instructional specialist to its administration now that the board of education has approved the appointment.

Karl Barksdale, a Timpview High School social studies teacher, will be the secondary education curriculum specialist for the district. He will work with Vern Brimley, director of supportive services, and Kathy Hughes, special education specialist.Superintendent Jim Bergera said the district had to cut its administrative staff by one person and Hughes and Brimley have picked up additional assignments, but an instructional specialist was added to focus on professional development and curriculum development in Provo schools.

The board of education approved the appointment at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

In other action, the board approved bids for a computer-assisted instruction laboratory, replacement pipes at Provo High School, and milk and milk products for the upcoming school year.

WICAT Systems, a local company, was selected as the vendor for the computer- assisted instructional lab hardware and software. The company made a bid of $41,440.

The eight-station computer lab will be installed at the State Hospital's Youth Center, paid for with a $42,000 grant from the State Office of Education.

Paul E. Healey Plumbing and Heating was awarded the job of replacing underground heating pipes at Provo High for $31,929.

Jordan Valley Milk of Draper was awarded a $174,355 bid to supply milk for the district at 12 cents a carton.