By Gerry Miller
Elmore Autauga News Editor
The Elmore County School Board held its regular March meeting in an aircraft hangar that was built as part of a $7.5 million expansion of the Elmore County Technical Center (ECTC) .
Just hours before the meeting, a large group of Tech Center students cut the ribbon for the facility’s major expansion. The new building will house programs for aviation, public safety and law, medical sciences, welding, HVAC, electrical, building construction, plumbing and piping.
Through a partnership with the Town of Wetumpka, the ECTC Public Safety and Law Program also hosted a launch ceremony for Wetumpka Fire Department Engine 2. The fire truck will reside on the ECTC campus inside the program’s aircraft bay in the new wing. Through this partnership, students will have the unique opportunity to train daily using this fully operational on-site equipment.
During the meeting, District 2 BOE member Wendell Saxon recognized the winners of the Black History Poster and Essay Contest. Saxon said each enrolled student received a prize from a $2,500 fund raised from sponsorships. First through tenth place winners were named in each category,
Students in grades three through five were asked to create a bulletin board about an African-American hero from the past or present, while students in grades six through 12 were asked to write short essays ranging in length from a minimum of 300 words to 500 words depending on grade level.
In the other cases, the Council approved an offer totaling $480,830.85 from Struthers Recreation of Pelham for the installation of equipment to create adapted playgrounds for special education. The playgrounds will be installed at Coosada Elementary School, Airport Road Middle School, Holtville Elementary School, Eclectic Elementary School, Redland Elementary School and Wetumpka Elementary School.
The Board approved three-year contracts for the following directors: Blair Andres, ECAP; Janice Darty, Coosada Elementary School; Georgette Hankins, Wetumpka Elementary School; Cynthia Hines, EDGE; Emilie Johnson, Elmore County Technical Center; Sean Keauter, Millbrook Middle School; Mark McGhee, Eclectic College; Robbie Slater, Wetumpka High School; and Marcia Stephens, of Airport Road Middle School.
The board also approved a charter school contract between the BOE and the Ivy Classical Academy. The recommendation was made by Superintendent Richard Dennis. We will know more about this partnership in another article.
At the meeting, Redland Elementary School principal Cory Eckstein introduced Spencer Wade as the new vice-principal. Congratulations to Mr. Wade!
Upcoming events include:
March 21-25 – spring break
April 15 – Good Friday/E-Learning Day for Students
April 19 – Regular Board Meeting – ECBOE – 4:30 p.m.
May 13- Graduation- EDGE
May 16 – Graduation – Stanhope Elmore High School
May 17 – Regular Board Meeting – ECBOE – 3:30 p.m. due to graduation
May 17- Graduation- Wetumpka High School
May 19 – Graduation – Elmore County High School
May 20- Graduation- Holtville High School
May 23 – Last day for students
See more photos below.