Synthetic Turf Plans Revealed and Graduation Date Announced

Jenny Kays

Among the many topics discussed at last night’s monthly Anderson County School Board meeting, the board got to review new conceptual plans for the Anderson County High School turf field project being developed by the Bearcat Pride Foundation.  The foundation’s goal is to recreate the current football field at the high school and turn it into a multi sport facility by moving the visitor’s bleachers to widen the field and installing synthetic turf which will handle much more wear than the current grass.

The foundation has been busy working on fundraisers and promotions since the announcement of the project last August as it will be funded completely by the foundation.  Many prominent residents have donated substantial amounts to the foundation and after getting prior approval from the school board, they decided to contract professional engineers to create conceptual drawings and also produce an estimated cost for the project.

Jenny Kays from the foundation presented the new drawings to the board who reacted positively to the plans.  Board member, Donna Crain Drury, said that the project, when it is completed, will help draw more people to the school.  The board was also impressed with the considerable reduction in cost of the total project from the original estimate of around $1 million to approximately $850,000.  Jenny Kays also mentioned that they may be able to get some of the materials needed to be donated by local businesses.

The board then moved to deciding the official graduation date for 2016 high school seniors.  Two dates were given to the board, Wednesday, May 25th or the next day, Thursday, May 26th.  Board member James Sargent brought up a concern that Wednesday is a church night for the community and suggested that the 26th would work better for many residents.  The board agreed and made Thursday, May 26th at 6:30pm at the Frankfort Convention Center the official time and location for the 2016 graduation.

During other topics at the meeting, principals Todd Woolridge from Saffell Street Elementary and Jeanna Kidd from the middle school, gave presentations on how they are planning to improve the scores at their respective schools.  The board also approved the end of the year schedule for this school year and next year’s schedule along with a number of other requests.

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