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Stadium entrance sees major facelift

Stadium entrance sees major facelift
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
With classes scheduled to start within a month for students in the Union City School System, the Union City Board of Education got a brief update Monday night on personnel moves and school improvements.
One of the most noticeable changes students will see when they return to school on Aug. 8 will be the new entrance to Union City High School’s War Memorial Stadium.
The old ticket booth has been torn down and is being replaced with a new stadium entrance booth. The new booth is being built by Allen Searcy Builders-Contractors of Union City.
The booth is being built for $127,718, according to Director of Schools Gary Houston.
He updated the board on the new stadium entrance as well as other facilities improvements that have been made over the summer break.
“That has taken on a really good look,” Houston said about the new stadium entrance. Personalized brick pavers are being installed as part of the project, and Houston said more than 300 pavers have already been sold.
He also informed the board about painting, flooring and maintenance work that has been done by coaches during the past two months. Houston said all the work has been done under the supervision of UCHS principal Wes Kennedy.
Houston informed the board Aug. 1-3 has been scheduled as professional development days for teachers, students will register for classes on Aug. 6 and then school will begin two days later.
There have been some recent personnel changes that the board was updated on Monday night. Beth Duncan, who has spent her entire 33-year teaching career in the Union City School System, has retired and Houston reported on four resignations — Union City Middle School teacher Stephanie Cruce and Union City Elementary School teachers Paula Houston, Mitzi Mobbs and Teresa Vallee.
Four new teachers have been hired for the upcoming school year — UCES teachers Lindsey Gidcumb and Marilyn Gilliam and UCMS teachers Ryan Mallory and Jamie Pardue.
The school board also approved the hiring of three non-faculty assistant coaches for the 2012-13 school year — Chuck Reedy, Marty Sisco and Ronald Ward. All three will work with the basketball programs at UCHS.
In other action Monday night, the school board:
• Was informed by Houston that the annual back-to-school dinner has been set for Aug. 6 at UCHS. All new staff members will be introduced at the dinner.
“It’s always a fun night,” Houston said.
• Was given a report by Houston on preliminary results he has received from last school year’s Advanced Placement Test scores.
“I’m very pleased with these scores,” Houston said.
On the high end of the test score results, 11 students scored 3s on the tests (in the subjects of U.S. history, English literature and calculus); 11 students scored 4s on the tests (in the areas of U.S. history, biology, physics and English literature) and three students scored 5s on the tests (in the areas of U.S. history and biology). The high scores were made by last year’s juniors and seniors and will pay dividends as they prepare for college.
Also, Houston reported more than $6,000 was awarded to the students for their academic achievements, with the money coming from the Union City Schools Foundation.
• Approved the appointment of board members Dr. John Clendenin and Dr. Wright Jernigan as sick leave bank trustees. They will serve on the board of trustees along with Houston, UCHS guidance counselor Winnie Logan and UCHS teacher Judy Wilson. Houston informed the board there are about 30 teachers who voluntarily donate two days of sick leave to the program, which is in its fourth year of providing teachers with access to extended sick leave days in the event of an extended illness or an accident.
Prior to the start of Monday night’s 15-minute meeting, Clendenin led a prayer and after the meeting started acting board chairman Cathy Waggoner led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Absent from Monday night’s meeting were Curtis McLendon, Wesley Conley and Glenda Caudle.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 7.10.12

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