School board OKs new facility plans

Published 12:04 am Tuesday, December 21, 2010

An architect’s rendering of the new 30,000 SF indoor physical education facility planned at AHS.| Courtesy graphic

The Andalusia City School Board approved the preliminary floor plans for a new physical education facility at Andalusia High School last night.

Architect Joe Donofro said he would submit the preliminary plans for the first round of approval in January, and construction should begin around March, once plans are approved by the building commission.

In November, the board approved a resolution to fund the more than $2.5 million facility.

The facility is being paid for with money from a Qualified School Construction Bond and the Bulldog Foundation is bridging the gap for any necessary costs the QSCB monies do not cover as well as paying the $8,000 in attorney’s fees and other costs associated with getting the project under way.

The project includes a more than 30,000 square foot physical education facility featuring a 50-yard practice field, and a more than 6,000 square foot facility that will include a classroom, offices, showers, toilets, a laundry facility, physical therapy and more.

Donofro gave the board an additional alternate that would allow for more brick rather than the metal on the outside, if the money is available.

Board president Bill King reminded the board that minor changes can occur after the plans were approved.

Bulldog Foundation member Alan Williamson thanked the board.

“I greatly appreciate the confidence you have in us (the foundation),” he said. “I believe this is a good step for Andalusia City Schools.”

King echoed Williamson’s sentiments.

“We are excited for this opportunity to make Andalusia City Schools better,” he said.

In other business the board:

• approved a maternity leave for Andalusia Middle School teacher Amy Bryan.

• adopted a textbook titled iCheck Series: Microsoft Office 2003: Real World Application, Student Edition 2006.

• approved an end of the year field trip for fifth graders to the U.S.S. Alabama and Exploreum in Mobile, set for May 11, 2011.

• approved November’s financials, in which revenues site at 21 percent and expenditures at 16 percent. Chief Financial Officer Jean Sellers said the financials are “right on track.”

• voted to convene in executive session to discuss the good name and character of an individual, but took no action.