July 23, 2024
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By Courtney Rice

At a meeting held on August 17, the Butler County Board of Education discussed the status of the gym renovation at Greenville High School (GHS), as well as the new air-conditioned bus fleet for the county.

A pipe in the GHS’s weight room froze, burst and shut off the alarm system. The entire gym was flooded with a foot-high water on Christmas Eve. Since January, the gym was closed while repairs were approved by Risk Management. Next, the board will choose the bid that is most likely to cost close to $1,000,000.00 for the renovation of the gym.

Joseph Eiland said that it was important for students to have the gym in good working condition.

Eiland stated that the bid would be presented to the Board for approval by September 11. The Department of Risk Management must approve the coverage and the funds needed for repairs and damages through an adjustment process. They’ve already lost half a season and are about to lose another half on the home court. “Our goal is to fix this as quickly as possible.”

The board members are delighted to finally have air-conditioned school buses, which they’ve been working towards since 2020. Plan is to replace the entire fleet of 38 Butler County routes, plus a few more buses. Eiland stated that the new fleet represents a great achievement in a very short time. He is thrilled for both students and bus drivers.

Rosie Till (Director of Butler County Emergency Management Agency, EMA) was in attendance for the Southeast Alabama Regional Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation plan approval. All Butler County School Systems, as well as the cities within Butler County adopted this plan in case of a natural disaster.

Till explained that “there is a disaster plan in the event of any natural disaster, whether it be a hurricane, tornado, mudslide or fire.” Many of our schools are located near railroads or the interstate. There may also be chemical spills, severe weather conditions and other situations that require a plan. To get federal funding, this plan must be approved by both the city and school boards. I’m glad it happened today.

Butler County Board of Education is holding a budget special meeting on Sept. 11, at 10 am, and again at 5 pm, while the regular meeting takes place at 6pm, Sept. 21, in the Central Office Boardroom, located at 949 Oglesby Street, Greenville.

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