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School System to Match $135,000 Grant and Upgrade Stadium Lights in St. Stephens, Bunker Hill | Education

Several building improvement projects were discussed at the Catawba County Schools Board meeting on Monday, including painting eight schools.

The school board approved bids from three companies for painting projects at eight schools. Several areas, including hallways, will receive new coats of paint at Bunker Hill High, Maiden High, Maiden Middle, Blackburn Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Startown Elementary, Tuttle Elementary and Clyde Campbell Elementary, the Deputy Superintendent of Schools said. Daniel Moore operations.

Moore also provided an update on the renovation of St. Stephens High School.

Moore informed the board that converting the old welding lab into a new, larger weight room would cost approximately $37,515.

School board member Jeff Taylor asked what would happen to the old weight room. Moore said the old weight room will be converted into an electrical lab for the vocational and technical training department.

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The new weight room requires a significant amount of work. Changes include moving an air compressor, demolition work, electrical upgrades and adding an aluminum canopy outside the weight room, Moore said in an email Wednesday. .

The school board has also been advised of the need to lower a ceiling in a classroom at St. Stephens High School.

After receiving a $135,000 athletic facility grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Moore asked the school board to use the money to improve lighting in high school football stadiums. Bunker Hill and St. Stephens.

Moore said the stadium lights would be replaced with LED lights. One reason was to reduce the risk of setting osprey nests on fire with the old lights. The other reason is to experiment with LED stadium lights before installing new lights in all high school stadiums in the district, Moore said.

The school board approved a bid from Connelly Springs Electric for just under $135,000 for each stadium. The sports facilities grant will cover half of the project.

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