BOE OKs new columns for Old Main

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 14, 2016


The Andalusia City School Board on Tuesday approved the purchase of new columns to be installed at Andalusia High School.

The fiberglass columns, which are more than 25 foot tall, are being specially manufactured for the school by Melton Classics Inc., which is owned by AHS grad Mel Fuller.

Superintendent Ted Watson said it will take six to eight weeks for the columns to be manufactured. Meanwhile, the board will pursue an agreement with a contractor for installation.

Watson said he met with Mike Hamrick, an architect with Goodwyn Mills Cawood who specializes in preservation. Watson said Hamrick confirmed the choice of columns.

The board agreed to have Hamrick, who first presented the conceptual drawing eventually chosen for the new Andalusia Junior High School, evaluate “Old Main,” and advise what work needs to be done on the oldest part of AHS.