BOE approves bid for new stadium lights

Published 6:05 pm Friday, August 19, 2011

New stadium lighting for McKenzie and opportunities for middle school students to earn Carnegie units were among the items on the agenda for Thursday night’s Butler County Board of Education.

Bid results for renovating the lighting at McKenzie football field were announced by Butler County Schools Assistant Superintendent Allin Whittle, with S & J Waldrop Electric Company, Inc. providing the lowest bid of $ 149, 258, with an additional $3,500 for a 25-year warranty covering parts and labor.

When Whittle said the contractor would also remove and haul away the old lighting, councilmember Mickey Jones made a request to see if Waldrop would turn over the old lighting to the Town of McKenzie for use on their baseball field.

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The board approved awarding the bid to Waldrop with the stipulation Jones’ request about the lighting be made.

The board also approved a proposed policy revision to allow 8th grade students to earn Carnegie units for successfully completing coursework in Algebra 1, Computer Applications and Foreign Language.

Among the numerous items listed in the personnel report was the change of David Watts, history/high school football head coach at Georgiana School, from a 9-month to a 12-month contract (due to his assuming head football coach duties at the school).

Watts’ coaching supplement as junior high football coach was removed and the supplement was added to Kirk Norris, PE/Driver’s Ed instructor at Georgiana School, who is assuming the junior high coaching duties.

A former Greenville high School student and his teachers received special mention for high achievement. Garrett Hartley, a 2011 GHS grad, was recognized for scoring a 5 on Advanced Placement Language and Composition in the 11th grade and a 4 in AP Language and Comp in 12th grade.

“For those of you who are not familiar with the scoring on these tests, to make a 4 or 5 is outstanding,” said Butler County Schools Superintendent Darren Douthitt.

Hartley’s parents and grandmother were on hand to receive the certificate for Garrett, who is a Pre-Med student at UAB.

Garrett’s English teachers Wendy Smith, Language and Composition, and Naomi Pryor, Literature and Composition, were also recognized for their contributions to their student’s success.