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Board hears facilities update

At Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, Jeff Davis County Schools Assistant Superintendent Chuck Crosby gave the Board an update on the series of facilities updates in progress in the school system.
Crosby said the new tennis courts are 99.9% complete, needing just some touch-up paint and cleanup. He expected the completion in the next couple of weeks.
The new practice fields have been sprigged, spraying has begun and the grass is “growing really well.” Three buildings are being completed on the fields for band and football.
The high school renovations are almost complete, lacking just touch-up paint.
A civil engineer and the school system’s architect are expected to be in Hazlehurst Wednesday (today) to look at the transportation department’s fuel stations. Crosby said fuel tanks apparently have been leaking and the civil engineer is needed to take samples and determine what needs to be done to satisfy Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.
The architect will begin the initial stage of planned renovations at the elementary school.
Crosby said ice makers were a big need in all facilities, especially in the athletic facilities. The school system is getting new ice makers in a number of locations.
A new high school alarm system is on order and new mirrors are going up in the boys and girls weight rooms.
New athletic field lighting is close to being ordered and Crosby expects 8-10 weeks for delivery, adding that he hopes the new lights will be operational at the football stadium by the time the 2021 playoff games begin.
After Crosby’s presentation, Board Chairman Roger Ogilvie said there has been a lot of community interest in the tennis court project and asked that Crosby clarify that the delay in the project’s completion was not with the school system but with the contractor. Crosby agreed, adding that rain had held up work for probably four weeks.
Superintendent Chris Roppe expressed his appreciation to Crosby for his work making sure all the projects were proceeding correctly and properly.
In other action, the board ….
…. approved the school system’s 5-year facilities plan.
…. listened as primary school principal Adam Kirby recognized students for outstanding accomplishments. Scoring the highest in math assessment were, kindergarten: Bixlei Bargstadt and Jessi Wilkinson; first grade: Chrisley Bohannon and Bryson Williams: and second grade: Nolan Brown. Scoring highest in reading assessment were, kindergarten: Ta’Janae Jackson; first grade: Zachary Jarrell; second grade: Judson Dubberly.
…. approved allowing Jeff Davis Hospital to use the middle school gym and track area for its Health and Wellness Fair Oct. 16.
…. heard financial updates from Finance Director Betty Corbitt, and CARES Act funding update from Dr. Joyce Davis.
…. accepted the resignations of Angela Bruce, Haley Howell and Karen Vann.
…. approved the hiring of Pre-K paraprofessional Deidre Greer, custodians Crystal Bryant and Willie Clemons, 49% primary school math teacher Marsha McCoy, 49% primary school reading teacher Tammy Girtman, and primary school school nutrition program assistant Sandy Stephens.
…. approved the FY2022 board member training plan.

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