‘We’ve got a lot of irons in the fire’

“As you can see from tonight’s agenda, we’ve got a lot of irons in the fire right now,” Coffee County Board of Education President Brian McLeod said at the called meeting on Jan. 23. “Lots of new things happening and lots of new things to prepare for.”

At the meeting, the board approved the bidding out of various capital projects around the school system.

First, Superintendent Kevin Killingsworth asked for permission to accept the bid for five additional modular classrooms to be placed at New Brockton Elementary School.

The bid was awarded to Vanguard Modular Building Systems for $3,999 a month for 24 months. The school is currently utilizing seven modular classrooms.

The bid was opened in December after being approved at the Nov. 7 meeting where Killingsworth said the extra modular classrooms were needed to accommodate continued student growth at NBES.

At the time, Killingsworth said that NBES had over 680 students if the Pre-K was included and that the school was enrolling new students weekly.

Second, the board approved sending out bids for the construction of 12 new classrooms at New Brockton Elementary School. Killingsworth said that all the newly constructed classrooms would also be storm shelters.

Third, the board granted Killingsworth permission to open bids for improvements to the New Brockton High School football stadium.

“Back at our Nov. 7 work session meeting, Walter McKee was here with McKee and Associates and along with Mr. (DeWayne) Hamilton we presented some stadium improvements for New Brockton High School moving as we will this next year from 2A to 3A, not only with bleachers but with concession stands, bathrooms and ticket booths,” Killingsworth said.

At that work session meeting, Killingsworth proposed the idea of purchasing new bleachers to increase the stadium’s capacity. He said that new bathrooms would need to be made to stay in code with the new capacity and that those bathrooms would probably be attached to a new concession stand.

Finally, the board approved utilizing the state bid list to purchase new LED lights for Zion Chapel stadium.

The next Coffee County Board of Education meeting will be Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the central office in Elba. The meeting is open to the public.

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