Athletic director Taylor Sparks said that varsity football and basketball, the school’s only revenue-generating programs, should take care of themselves, but that money was needed for other uniforms. He said whatever money was allocated might be used to buy home and away uniforms for boys’ and girls’ soccer, but that when he was sure, he would rewrite his proposal stating which uniforms would be needed so that the board could approve the expense.
The board congratulated Sparks for his leadership and agreed that funding new uniforms would be a worthy investment. Board member Sharon Simmons said that buying high-quality uniforms would be wise, because “you get what you pay for.” She said that when uniforms are bought at a lower-than-average cost, they tended to wear out quickly.
The board voted to allocate enough money to pay for uniforms as long as the cost did not exceed $4,000. The action was only for the coming school year, although the board may decide to fund other uniforms next year.
The board also voted to approve the second change order for the elementary school’s renovation project. An additional $1,598 is needed for the extension of stud walls and offsets to miss electrical outlets on the back wall.
The board also voted to pay for a half-time assistant principal for both the elementary and soon-to-open intermediate school. Superintendent Tim McGinnis said that elementary principal Ann Taylor and intermediate principal Brian Futrell had told him there was a need for an assistant principal to take care of discipline at both schools. McGinnis said the action meant there would actually be one fulltime employee dividing his or her time between both schools and not two half-time employees.
A vote was also taken to establish a fulltime health service aide. Currently, Clara Beth Hyde spends three-tenths of the school day as a nurse at the high school and spends the other seven-tenths teaching class. McGinnis said the new position will assist Hyde and also will divide her time between the high school, primary school and intermediate school.
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