Bulldog fans who have stood in long lines with their legs crossed may get some relief soon, thanks to an approval from the Board of Education last Thursday to expand the ladies' restroom side of the concession stand at the Brickyard.
Six board members voted in favor of the recommendation to spend $34,368 in SPLOST III money for the much-needed project. District 5 Representative Virginia Bradshaw abstained from voting.
"We continue to hear that we don't have enough bathrooms, and they are exactly right," McDuffie County School Superintendent Mark Petersen said.
The expansion will be 13 by 25 feet, according to Jim Franklin, the assistant superintendent for administrative services. The space will add one lift window for serving at the concession stand and three regular commodes and one handicapped commode with grab bars in the ladies' restroom. Dr. Franklin said the addition also will include two sinks with soap dispensers and a mirror.
Several options were presented to the board, including bids from three contractors. Bradshaw Design was awarded the bid, because Dr. Franklin said their price was almost half of the other bids. Each contractor supplied two bids - one for the concession stand expansion, and a bid for a larger project that would add a restroom on the visitor side of the Brickyard.
Because plans are in the works for a large-scale renovation of the Brickyard in the near future, the board decided to spend the smallest amount of money possible for the present situation. The SPLOST IV money for the renovations will not begin coming in until March of 2008.
"We are doing what we can to help because we've got a football season between now and when the money comes in," Dr. Petersen said. "So it'll just help a little bit at a time."
Dr. Petersen said if the concession stand is not needed after the large-scale renovations, the money spent now will not be wasted because the building can be used for storage.