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Priceville getting visitor bleachers
Russellville company wins bid for $112,775 project; seating to be ready by football season

By Melanie B. Smith
msmith@decaturdaily.com 340-2468

Fans of visiting football teams playing at Priceville High School will soon have a permanent place to sit.

Thursday night, the Morgan County Board of Education approved $112,775 to buy and install metal bleachers at the school's stadium.

Board Chairman Jimmy Dobbs said that visiting team supporters had to bring their own seating the first year the school played at the field. The last few years, he said, Morgan County commissioners allowed bleachers to be borrowed and moved from a couple of county parks to the field sideline.

The loading and unloading was tearing the bleachers up because they weren't made to be portable, Dobbs said. He said commissioners did not want to continue allowing the school use the seats.

The board awarded the contract to the low bidder, The Bleacher Co. in Russellville.

Dobbs said that he hopes the bleachers, which will seat up to 915 people, will be in place by the time of the first game in August.

He said the money for the purchase is from state funds released last month by Gov. Bob Riley.

Also, the board adopted a school calendar that retains a mid-March spring break for 2008. Another option would have move the break to mid-April. School will begin on Aug. 6 for students.

In other business, the board and Superintendent Bob Balch recognized Priceville Elementary School teacher Maria Young as Morgan County's Teacher of the Year. She has taught 25 years and recently earned a national teacher certification.

The board and Balch also paid tribute to the late Cpl. Jon-Eric Loney, a former Danville High student, who was killed in action in November in Iraq. A plaque will be placed at Danville High School in Loney's memory.

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