The Enterprise Board of Education gave Superintendent Greg Faught permission to negotiate with other high school football teams to come play against Enterprise.
Faught said the idea behind allowing negotiations is to allow the football team to have more home games and save the system money.
“Currently it costs our school system several thousand dollars each time we play an away game,” Faught said. “I’m requesting permission to negotiate with two to three football teams per year that are not in our region in order to host more home games and travel to fewer away games. This approach should save the school system thousands of dollars in travel while allowing us to collect additional home game concessions.”
He used the contract with North Miami Beach as an example.
“We paid $6,000 for them to travel 11 and a half hours north to play us and our gate was around $30,000 with concessions,” Faught said. “So it really is a no-brainer. It’s a win-win position. We can do that and have more home games. It keeps our students here and hopefully enjoy a little home field advantage as well.”
Board Vice President Reid Clark said that more home games would help the other sports and organizations at EHS since they take turns running concessions.
Board member Bob Doerer also brought up the increase in sales tax revenue from the team visiting since they would have to eat in Enterprise and possibly stay in Enterprise.
Faught agreed with both of them.
He said that “ideally” the school would get three additional home games but that one or two are more likely.
“If we could have six (games) at home this year, that’d be great,” Faught said. “And possibly seven (home games) next year.”
In other business, the board unanimously approved a contract with Barganier Davis Williams Architects Associated in the amount of $212,000 for the baseball and softball fields.
Clark asked for clarification regarding the consulting agreement and asked if the consulting company was being paid more as part of the contract.
Faught said no.
“I’m glad you brought that up because part of their job is to help us work through the process of finding the right architect for the right job,” Faught said. “So they were able to do that this time at a rate of about 6.6 percent of the total project cost, which is way better than any percentage that we’ve gotten before. The difference in that and the projects that we have been doing at about 7.1 percent would be a savings of about $15,000 so they’ve done their job.”
Board President Daniel Whitaker asked if there would be any substantial parking added as part of the project.
Faught said there would be “minimal” parking at the new fields.
The board also approved allowing the Child Nutrition Department to purchase a micro rider floor scrubber for $6,390 from Enterprise Paper and Janitorial.
A contract with Safe and Civil Schools was also approved by the board. Safe and Civil Schools provides professional development for educators.
Near the end of the meeting, the EBOE went into executive session over a real estate matter. The session was certified by Board Attorney Merrill Shirley.
The next Enterprise Board of Education meeting will be Dec. 17 at noon at the central office on Hutchinson Street. The meeting is open to the public.