The school board took action on several issues Oct. 14 including moving the graduation date for the high school up several days and accepting a bid for air conditioning work on the gym at the high school.
Board members voted to change the graduation date to Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. in the Brickyard, which is six days earlier than previously planned. Thomson High School Principal Rudy Falana requested the change after discussions with school faculty and staff, leadership groups and school councils.
The plan is for seniors to take exams Monday through Wednesday, with grades due in by Wednesday afternoon, he said at a school board planning meeting. That would give officials time to make sure all graduation requirements were met, and give seniors time to practice for graduation, he said.
The board also awarded a bid to Keith Land Air Conditioning & Refrigeration to complete an air conditioning project at Thomson High School.
The company was the low bidder of three vendors who submitted bids. Keith Land Air Conditioning & Refrigeration submitted a bid of $32,813.45.
The company will install air conditioning in the Thomson High gym. This is the first phase of an effort to add air conditioning to all the school gyms, a goal the board decided is necessary because, among other reasons, school starts earlier in the year when the weather is still quite warm.
After discussing the issue in a planning meeting, Board members decided Thomson High would be the first school to receive the air conditioning because it serves as the largest meeting area in the county. In addition, it will be the least expensive gym to complete because when the school was built, air conditioning was included as an alternative in the plans. Everything is in place except the compressors.
In other action, the board named Mike Love to serve again as the legislative liaison for the 2005 Georgia General Assembly.