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Alba-Golden trustees purchase land, approve classroom kitchen upgrades
02/22/2017

The Alba-Golden ISD Board of Trustees considered the future and liked what they saw during their regular monthly meeting last Monday night, Feb. 13.

The trustees voted unanimously to purchase 1.832 acres of land with one house on it for future use by the school district. The property is adjacent to current school property. The purchase price has been set at $110,000.

Also, looking to the future, the trustees approved moving forward with a classroom kitchen upgrade which will provide students with a modern commercial kitchen to train in for furthering their preparation to enter the culinary arts field. It is estimated that this upgrade will cost approximately $200,000 and hopefully the new facility will be ready for the next school year.

The election for the office of A-GISD trustees was called Monday night with the balloting set to be held May 6. Trustees with terms expiring are Jason Stovall, Joey Hooton and Ed Teel.

In other action items the trustees set aside $800,000 in a designated fund balance to be utilized for future construction and changed the March board meeting date to March 6 so it would not fall during Spring Break.

After an hour and four-minute executive session the trustees came back into open session and awarded one-year contract extensions to Secondary Principal Michael Mize, Elementary Principal Kevin Wright, Business Manager Brenda Kelly and Athletic Director Ron Callahan. The extension gives each of these a two-year contract.

Also, the trustees approved one-year contracts for counselors, Starla Bryant and Debbie Carson and for District Testing Coordinator Dina Allred.

During the meeting the Elementary Student of the Month honor was bestowed on Drake Duplechain and the entire cast of the Junior High One-Act Play shared the honor of Secondary Student of the Month.

Superintendent Dwayne Ellis reported that the new elementary playground equipment installation had been completed and students had been able to utilize it for the first time that day. Sporting a bit of asunburn, Principal Wright said he had spent much of the day with the kids at the new playground and was extremely pleased with it. Still to be added to the playground area is a shaded section for protection on very hot days.

This original article, written by Tommy Anderson, was originally published on February 22, 2017, online at www.woodcountymonitor.com

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