Souvenir booth coming to Brown-Childress Stadium

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff

During last night's scheduled meeting the Elizabethton Board of Education approved the construction of a small storage facility at Brown-Childress Stadium. The structure will also serve as a souvenir booth for the Athletic Parents Organization (APO).
   There are no plumbing considerations in the structure, only electrical. Contractors' estimates show the building costing approximately $11,000, however, board members are exploring the option of using prisoner labor to construct the building. The APO is covering all costs connected with the construction of the building.
   The booth will be 12 feet by 24 feet in size and will be constructed between the concessions stand and the bathrooms at Brown-Childress Stadium. The APO expects the building to increase sales and profits. The organization currently borrows a tent to sell souvenirs, and is responsible for erecting and taking it down for each sporting event.
   In other business, the board approved the purchase of several computers for Elizabethton High School and East Side Elementary. The six computers approved for the high school will be distributed to the Language Arts Department. The Dell OptiPlex computers will be purchased at a price of $1,235 each, with the total cost over $7,000. The computers contain Pentium four processors, 256K cache, integrated NIC, sound and 256 megabits of memory.
   East Side Elementary will be receiving 12 new computers that will be used for student accounting, grading and attendance purposes. The computers cost $1,536 each with the total price reaching close to $20,000. The funds for the computer purchases at both schools will come from a state contract award.
   The board also approved a bid for the purchase and installation of playground equipment for West Side Elementary. The bid includes approximately 13 items that will be added to the Challenger model that is already at the school.
   Bid packets were sent to three different vendors and opened at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Outdoor Recreation Inc., Kingsport, had the lowest bid at $11,167.
   The initial funds for the playground equipment will come from West Side ESP reserve and the WS general fund. The school's general fund will kick in $1,800, and the remaining funds will be picked up by the ESP30 reserve.
   The next scheduled board meeting will be Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mack Pierce Board Room, 804 South Watauga Ave.