City board approves new baseball lights

By Eva Queen -

Mount Airy High School will be getting some new lights at its baseball field after the city board of education approved the project Tuesday night.

Bryan Taylor, assistant superintendent for the school system, gave three three estimates for the work to the board Tuesday from three contractors out of Winston-Salem — Kenco Electric, Renyolda Electric and Sammy Phillips Electric.

Taylor recommend the lowest estimate from Kenco electric at $94,650 to the board for approval.

Reynolda electric estimated the highest at $115,000 followed by Sammy Phillips electric estimating at 98,500.

The work to be done includes the removal of the eight existing wooden light poles and fixtures and replacing those with six metal poles and new fixtures.

The metal poles will be buried 10 feet in the ground near the existing pole sites in hopes of avoiding an additional rock demolition cost.

Taylor estimated the project would be finished and ready for baseball season.

In an unrelated matter, Jesse Hiatt presented the work and success of the Freedom School and the Read to Achieve summer programs.

Eleven students attended the Read to Achieve program and all students who attended reached proficiency by the fifth week of the six-week program.

Hiatt believes the success of the program was due to the one-on-one attention that each student received daily during the program.

Freedom School also was successful according to Hiatt. The school started out with 60 students attending and ended the six-week program with 50. The program featured 10 to 12 students in every in class grades 1-5, and 10 students in each kindergarten class.

Freedom School is a literacy based program “that helps to develop leaders and promote self-confidence in at risk-students,” according to information from the school system. The school is funded through the Defense Fund of Washington, D.C..

Hiatt hopes to evaluate each students’ literary proficiency that attended Freedom School against those students who did not attended within the same grade level.

“The evaluation will help us determine our curriculum for next year,” said Hiatt.

By Eva Queen

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