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August 23, 2013

Fultondale parent presses Jefferson County Board of Education for renovations



“I appreciate the sentiment that I felt from them,” she said. “We’re not asking even for a new school — we just need renovations.”

Smith had had originally voiced her concerns at a Fultondale City Council meeting, where Mayor Jim Lowery advised her to share them with the school board and Nowlin. Two members of the city council, Tommy Loden and Josh Bryant, were also present at the board meeting but did not speak publicly.

Smith said she would be back at the next regular board meeting on Sept. 22.

In other business, the board approved a contract for Arlington Engineering and Land Surveying Company to survey the old Warrior Elementary School property to prepare it for sale. Nowlin said that the older facility was not needed, and would be sold in a few months.

The board also appointed TurnerBatson Architecture to fix a problem with dugouts at Pinson Valley High’s softball field, which is located next to Pinson Elementary. The dugouts were to be replaced over the summer.

A number of other contracts involving schools in north Jefferson County were also approved, including lawn care for Gardendale High, a supply contract between Corner High and Coca-Cola Bottling, football and volleyball referees at all middle and high schools, and cheerleading choreography and music at Mortimer Jordan High.

[Edited at 10:20 p.m. to correct Melisha Smith's name.]

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