Contract for new school tabled
by James Phillips
Jan 29, 2013 | 1563 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With a funding source now in place, the Jasper City Board of Education is moving forward with plans to build a new high school, but board members voted Monday night to table the approval of an architectural contract for the project.

Board member Pat Nelson, who moved to table the issue, said, “we just needed more information before approving a contract.”

Superintendent Robert Sparkman said there is not a set timetable for approving the contract.

“We want to get things done as soon as possible, but the board needed more information,” he said. “We want to move forward quickly on this project, but we also want to have as much information as possible before we make any decisions.”

The new high school project will be paid for by a 1 percent increase in the city’s sales tax, which will take effect March 1.

In other action from the meeting, the school board:

• Recognized Debra Rhodes of North Highlands School for becoming a National Board Certified Teacher.

• Recognized the school system’s teachers of the year: Lori Wallace of Memorial Park Elementary School, Beverly Simon of West Jasper Elementary School, Missy Bryan of T.R. Simmons Elementary School, Eric Rigsby of Maddox Middle School and Ray Hessler of Walker High School. Bryan and Hessler will advance to the district level.

• Approved a facility usage agreement with Hope House Church.

• Heard from members of the Jasper Police Department concerning school safety.