NCSS working on Sharp stadium, learning center

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System continues to make improvements to Sharp Learning Center alternative school.

In early October, Sharp students teamed up with members of the Satsuki Garden Club to help beautify its campus through planting and cleanup of outside landscaping.

Now, NCSS officials are cleaning up the front exterior of the building.

Work includes rehabilitating the front windows of the school, including replacing broken panes, sanding and repainting; installing new front blinds and painting front exterior trim work and the awning.

"That will do a lot to improve the outward appearance of the school," said Deputy Superintendent Dennis Carpenter.

The renovations, which are expected to be completed by January, total about $16,000 and will be paid from the 2010-11 school year general fund maintenance and operations budget, he said.

NCSS also plans to continue improvements at Homer Sharp Stadium using special tax revenues.

System officials recently put out bids for the next phase of field improvements, which include under-field drainage along the lower edges of the field, new irrigation, removing existing and installing new sod, harrowing, sand amendments, laser grading to remove and adjust the crown on the center of the field and new goal posts, Carpenter said.

They expect to present bids to the school board in December for work to begin in January.

In February or March, system officials plan to bid out the final phase of stadium improvements, which include enhancements to the ticket booths and fencing and the erection of a new paver wall.

Carpenter said all of the work is expected to be completed prior to the beginning of the 2010-11 football season next fall.

The improvements are paid for through SPLOST funds, which can be used only for construction and renovation projects for which taxpayers previously voted.