New set of football bleachers coming for Sweet Springs

Friday, February 10, 2006

Sweet Springs football fans will soon have a new set of bleachers from which to watch the Greyhounds play.

The Sweet Springs Board of Education on Wednesday approved a bid for construction of new 90-foot bleachers with 10 rows that will seat 478 people and provide room for six wheelchairs.

The winning bid for $94,636 came from Dant Clayton, a Kentucky-based company. One other bid of $96,980 was received from Heartland Seating Inc.

Superintendent Boyd Jones said there is not a firm date yet for construction to begin, but he expects the bleachers to be ready for next fall's football season.

In other business, the school board received additional information from Jones about the proposed addition of a track around the football field

Jones' report indicates the track could be built without moving the football field, according to board President John Dohrman. Because the project will be an expensive one he recommended the board study the report and spend some time carefully considering it.

"I think it's too much to ask for us to hash this out this evening," Dohrman said. "It's a tremendous decision. Let's get out and see what the community thinks."

Jones also reported that the district has been able to purchase five certificates of deposit. He took the opportunity to thank the voters for approving a levy increase last August, noting that prior to that the district was unable to make investments.

The board also approved the district technology plan. Science teacher Mike Staples piloted the development of the plan, which Jones said is required by the state. The 40-page document details the district's technology goals and purposes and makes recommendation for spending.

In executive session, the board decided to extend the contracts of high school Principal Rex Roberts and elementary school Principal Donna Wright through the 2007-2008 school year.

The board scheduled its next meeting for March 16 at 7 p.m.

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