AMS input meetings next week

Published 12:04 am Thursday, March 8, 2012

Andalusia City Schools Superintendent Ted Watson plans to make good on his word to teachers, principals and assistant principals next week by conducting a series of “faculty meetings” to address issues surrounding the proposed closing of Andalusia Middle School.

Watson and the board announced at a Feb. 6 board workshop they would hold meetings with staff to seek input on the construction project and their ideas of what is wanted in the classrooms.

“I’m going to take concerns from the different groups,” he said Wednesday. “It’s going to be a ‘family meeting.’ I’ll also take suggestions.”

Watson said one of the concerns he’s heard recently involves traffic patterns at the high school and elementary schools.

“Certainly those are very important questions we’ll have to work through,” he said.

Watson said the meetings will begin Monday with two groups, followed by two more groups on Tuesday.

Watson said no board members will be present and that he would report his findings back to the board at the next board meeting.

“If the decision is made to close the middle school, we will use these comments as a guideline,” he said.

Additionally, Watson said a second architect has been to the middle school to give a recommendation on costs associated with renovating the building.

Watson was unsure if the architect would present her findings to the board.

“Mr. (Joe) Nix secured her services,” he said. “She did it as sort of a free gratis for us. We’ll have to see what she’s willing to do. I haven’t heard. I plan to call her this afternoon.”