Assistant Superintendent Mike Sanders on Thursday explained to the city school board the method in which the renovations to the baseball complex were paid for.
“Several years ago, we started to get inquiries and interest to do things to enhance the complex,” Sanders said. “And once we updated the softball fields, we felt it was time to return to the baseball complex.”
Sanders said most of the renovations were done by in-kind donations, by a local contractor who does a community service project every year and would like to remain anonymous.
The project, Sanders said, would have cost at least $100,000, but was paid for with only about $20,000 from the athletic department.
“This has taken very little money from the athletic department,” Sanders said. “And it’s going to be beautiful when it’s completed. It’s really going to take away some of the eyesores you’d see when driving down Ben Scott [Boulevard].”
Several materials and structures were donated by the contractor, Sanders said.
The board on Thursday also discussed the proposed draft of the school calendar for 2013-2014. The calendar includes 180 days in class for students.
Superintendent Dr. Kent Edwards said the calendar is “pretty much the same” as the current year, with the only changes occurring around the holiday break in December and January.
“Just because of the natural progression of the calendar, we have one more day off before Christmas and one less day off after New Year’s Day than this year,” Edwards said.
Board members seemed enthusiastic about the proposed calendar, which will be voted on next Tuesday to be put up for public input.
“I liked it,” board member Dr. Michael Rothschild said. “It’s different, but that’s good.”
The proposed calendar will have school starting for most students (grades 1-12) starting on Aug. 8, with kindergarten classes starting the day before.
Graduation on the proposed calendar is set for May 23, 2014.
Edwards said he and Carroll County Schools Superintendent Scott Cowart worked in collaboration on the two systems’ schedules, saying they mainly focus on lining up the two districts’ spring breaks mainly.
The board will meet for its regular meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Planned for discussion and possible action are the reassignment of a bonding agent and the fee required for election qualifying.
The board will also hold the election of its board officers on Tuesday.