The Madison County Board of Education held its final meeting Aug. 13 before school started, where board members heard that construction at the high school is beginning to take shape and is on track to be finished by the start of school next year.
Assistant superintendent Bonnie Knight said the building beams are going up and the steel/decking for the kitchen/café is approximately 99 percent complete in the main building. In the gym, the new HVAC units are installed and the new roof is almost finished. Workers are in the process of pouring a concrete sidewalk on the school side of Madison Street to help with the flow of students to and from the parking lots.
The new field house is nearly complete and concession equipment is expected to be moved in this week, just ahead of the start of football season.
The high school is talking with Charles Black Construction, Knight said, to make the area adjacent to Madison Street where the house was torn down (576 Madison Street) into an outdoor classroom and/or park area. Students in environmental science and agriculture would work on the design.
Knight told the board that she is concerned because SPLOST revenues continue to drop. She said July revenues were $29,000 lower than they were a year ago. Overall, she pointed out that SPLOST funds were down $60,000 over the last five months.
A three-day “kinder-camp” was held at the elementary schools last week and transportation department office staff and bus drivers visited the camps and took students on a short bus drive and talked to them about bus safety.
“I believe all of the students learned something about safety and will be more comfortable on the first day of school,” Knight said.
The board approved an intergovernmental agreement between themselves and the city of Danielsville for water supply to a new 100,000-gallon water tank to be installed near the schools on Madison Street. In the agreement, the city of Danielsville agrees to pay the BOE 50 cents per 1,000 gallons of water pumped from their high water yield “super well” for public use.
The BOE also approved an agreement between themselves and Madison County for the continuation of a resource officer at the middle school.
Superintendent Dr. Allen McCannon told the board about Colbert Elementary’s education goals for a “Feed My School” grant designed for the students to eat and to learn about local foods. The event will include a kick-off on Aug. 30, taste-testings, contests and field trips, among other things.
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