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BOE OKs Georgiana renovations

The Butler County Board of Education will renovate two buildings on the old campus of Georgiana High School to be used by Georgiana’s football team.

The BOE proposed at its monthly meeting Thursday to turn Georgiana’s old band room into a field house for the school’s football team. The cost of the renovation will be approximately $36,000. That total does not include architect fees.

Part of the funds needed to complete the project will come from donations made to the Butler County Board of Education and earmarked for Georgiana School and McKenzie School.

“There was $120,000 donated for Georgiana (School) and McKenzie (School) each,” Butler County Schools Superintendent Darren Douthitt said. “We used part of that money to install lighting at McKenzie.”

The cost of the lights was approximately $150,000, and Douthitt proposed to use the remaining money, approximately $90,000, for the building renovations.

A metal building on the old campus will also be converted into a field house for visiting teams. The estimated cost of that renovation is $199,353.

No vote was taken Thursday. If approved by the BOE, the remaining funds from the donations will go toward the renovation of the old band room. The renovations of the metal building will take place as funds become available.

The BOE agreed to use McKee and Associates for the project.

In other business:

*The BOE approved of the Reid Hill Property returning to the Burkett family with $2,500 being donated back to the Butler County School System.

*The decision on whether or not to extend Douthitt’s contract has been postponed until a later date.