The football stadiums at both Bryan County and Richmond Hill high school are getting offseason makeovers after the Bryan County school board voted to spend more than $540,000 to improve both facilities before next season.
Most of the money — $364,141 — will fund new home bleachers and a new press box at Redskins Stadium. Wildcats Stadium will get new visiting side bleachers to replace the old ones, a project with a $177,390 price tag.
Both expenditures were approved by the Bryan County Board of Education at its March 26 meeting at Lanier Primary after a motion from BoE member Dennis Seger, an ardent BCHS fan.
“If the board approves this, then I’d like to ask the board to ask the superintendent to ask Dr. (Trey) Robertson to call Bill and get them started tomorrow,” Seger said, referring to both the assistant superintendent for operations and construction supervisor Bill Vickery. “If we don’t get started before April, then neither one is going to happen.”
Robertson said work would start as soon as possible and added that the old bleachers at RHHS may be repurposed under a proposal from the school’s track coach, Levi Sybert. Robertson said the track program wants to put the benches around the track for seating and is willing to pay the cost.
“It’s something we’re going to explore,” Robertson said.
Athletic facilities weren’t the only items the school board spent money on during the meeting.
The school board also approved bids of $247,448 for furniture for the new McAllister Elementary and Bryan County Elementary School’s new building; $289,558 for projectors and audio systems for the new schools; and more than $280,000 for various other learning equipment to outfit the schools, which have been projected to open this fall.
The board also approved the purchase of a new special-education bus for $92,280.