PIKE ROAD, AL (WSFA) - On Wednesday morning, Pike Road Schools Board of Education President Ray Hawthorne presented the board's recommendations for the Town Council's spending plan for the school district.
Hawthorne said the recommendations were based on information gathered from parents and community stakeholders at a forum held last week. The board presented its recommendations to the council in a letter that stated that the board has three major priorities:
- A full renovation of the Georgia Washington campus to be ready by Fall 2019
- Updating and developing athletic facilities at Georgia Washington to include football, soccer, baseball, softball fields and possible a track by Fall 2019
- Making sure the strategic planning process properly prioritizes a future need for extra academic space at existing facilities, campus safety, and security at existing facilities, space for arts and career tech programs and additional athletic facilities.
At the beginning of the council meeting, Mayor Gordon Stone said he also believes the GW renovations need to be a top priority and that the athletic facilities should be placed there. However, any final spending decisions must be voted on by the town council. While some residents expressed concerns about spending money on athletics while there are some academic facility needs to be met, all parties were in agreement that GW needs to be fully renovated. Stone said the renovations would cost about $8 million, not including athletic facilities. He also said engineers would like an answer by mid-September in order to have the work done by next fall.
Stone said the Town is currently awaiting data from a consultant about the best way to utilize its available land, facilities, and funds.