Repairs begin this week at Hatton High School gym


Work should begin at Hatton High School gym this week following floor damages due to excess flooding earlier this year, Superintendent Jon Bret Smith announced Monday.

In its regular meeting, the board approved a contract with Covington Floors of Birmingham for $130,915 to replace the gym’s floor at Hatton High School. 

Covington Floors was also awarded a bid of $84,835 to begin a flooring replacement project at Moulton Middle School last month, also caused by excessive flooding. 

“There were some sub-flooring issues (at Hatton gym),” Smith said. “The floor there may be 50 years old; it may even be the original flooring. We want to make sure we do this project right the first time.”

The board also rescinded a $24,000 contract with Alabama Contract Sales for the removal, storage and reinstallation of bleachers at Hatton’s gym during the floor repairs. A contract for $11,000 was approved with Pit Crew Installation of Waverly Hall, Georgia, for the same project.

“Alabama Contract Sales could not start for a few weeks,” Smith said Monday. “I’m told Pit Crew Installation will be able to start in a day or two. We’ve got to get the ball rolling.”

Each of the contracts will be paid out of supplemental appropriation funds from the state if the school system’s insurance does not pay, said Smith. 

He said he hopes projects for both schools will be complete by the start of the school year. 

“Moulton has not had quite the kinks Hatton has. (Moulton gym floor) should be done by the beginning of the school year. If not, it’ll be close,” he said. “We’re hoping Hatton will be done by the second week of school when volleyball season is kicking off.”

Smith said the school has made arrangements with Hazlewood Elementary and Mount Hope School for volleyball games and practices if repairs are not complete in time. 

In other business, the board approved contracts for Principals Tina Blankenship, Paige Terry, Brittney Morgan, Rosa Allen-Cooper and Ronald Rikard. 

The retirement of R.A. Hubbard English Teacher Windy Wetzel was accepted as well as the resignations of Moulton Middle Social Science Teacher Mallori Green, Moulton Middle Math Teacher Tristan Goodwin, countywide Special Education Paraprofessional Mallory Robinson and Hatton Elementary Teacher Meredith Hill. 

The board also approved the employment of Lawrence County High School Agriscience Teacher John Johnson, Hatton Elementary Teacher Alison Terry and countywide Special Education Paraprofessional Kerri Piper.

Board members Gary Bradford and Beth McCulloch Vinson were not present for the meeting. 

The Lawrence County Board of Education will meet again on Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m.

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