Schools applying for state funds
by Celia Shortt
The Coweta County Board of Education will be seeking state school construction funds.
The school board approved its capital outlay application for state funds at Tuesday evening’s monthly meeting at the Jackson Street office.
These funds are ones the state owes the school system because of growth. They will be used for a classroom addition at East Coweta High School and for renovations at Evans Middle School. Under the program, the state will issue the funds as reimbursements once the projects have been completed.
“The last few reimbursements we’ve received have been timed with the completion of the project,” said Coweta County School Superintendent Steve Barker.
The school board also approved a change order in the amount of $25,390 to install a 10-foot wide sidewalk and 20-foot extension of existing concrete to safely route pedestrian traffic toward the visitor’s side of East Coweta High School’s Garland Shoemake Stadium.
“This will keep the pedestrian traffic separate from the players leaving and entering the field,” said Barker. “It is a great improvement to the game management there. I believe it to be in the best interest of the school.”
The lighting is also being examined to make sure the backside is lit.
In other business:
• Alan Wood, Evan Horton, Vera Perry-Harris, Kevin Jones, Therese Reddekopp and Schwanda Jackson were approved as the Student Tribunal Hearing Officers for the 2013-14 school year.
• Approved were two out-of-state and overnight trips for students at Newnan High School and East Coweta High School.
The Newnan High School Thespians will travel to New York City, NY, for an educational theater trip from April 3-8, 2015. No school will be missed.
The Drama Department students at East Coweta High School are participating in the Georgia Thespian Conference in Columbus Feb. 6-8, 2014. They will stay overnight in Phenix City, Ala., and will miss two days of school.
Both trips are at no cost to the school system.
• NuLink announced their fundraiser to benefit Coweta Schools. For every two services ordered, it will donate $25 to the Coweta County School System.