Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis and Cleveland Vice Mayor Avery Johnson attended the presentation. Members of the school board showed up an hour early to meet the family and see the recently renovated theater.
Brian Templeton, Upland Designs architect, said a few odds and ends are left on the Betsy Vines Theater at Cleveland High School.
“The biggest factor remaining is the wheelchair lift. We are expecting to have it here by next week,” Templeton said.
Discussion has included the addition of a projector and projector screen with use of contingency money. According to Templeton, the project has about $5,000 to $6,000. This money would be used to purchase the additional tech items.
Peggy Pesterfield, board member, thanked Templeton and Upland Designs.
“I think it is wonderful, and I have nothing but good comments,” Pesterfield said. “If this had been before, then we would not have been able to sit here due to the lights.”
She said the quality of lighting and seating have improved greatly. The theater is designed to be used as a multipurpose room. Chairs with desks make it just as easily a lecture hall as it is a play stage.
Additional Cleveland High news included recognizing November’s employees of the month. Autumn O’Bryan, CHS principal, introduced Lisa Brewster, staff employee, and Katherine Chapman, faculty employee, to the board.
“Dr. Ringstaff tells us to choose our employees of the month according to what works for our school,” O’Bryan said of Martin Ringstaff, city schools director. “We just really do a simple poll of our teachers and ask them to vote for who they think should receive the honor. What I think is really unique of our two employees of the month is they have only been with our school for two years.”
Each month a city school introduces employees of the month to the school board.
Paul Ramsey, energy manager for city schools, reported a $10,410 increase through the Energy Right Solutions for Business Custom Incentive offer. Tennessee Valley Authority awarded the money based on the LED lights used in the Betsy Vines theater. According to TVA, the amount is based on a $.10 per kilowatt hour incentive.
The board encouraged Ramsey to actively search for additional rebate offers and incentive awards. Ramsey said a return of $3,000 is expected from the athletic lights installation at Cleveland Middle School.
“We are working with a company, Enernoc, to sign a contract with them. Over the next five years, we will be getting about $32,000 for basically setting temperatures back when they make a call to decrease demands,” Ramsey said.
Students in Carol Dale’s German class received certificates and recognition during the school board meeting.
“I don’t know if you know this, but in the Southeast alone there are now 128 German companies. This certificate gives these students a foot in the door should they want to work with the German government,” Dale said.
Every single student in the six-person class passed the test. These students were Kelsey Wofford, Luke Shattuck, Katana Tharpe, Jesse Spain, Courtney Whitlock and Rangley Roberts. Dale said the rigorous test took four days to complete. Students were tested on their comprehension, speaking, writing and reading skills.
“By the end of German 2 I realized the class was too good of an opportunity to pass up, so I stayed in. By the time I took the A2 I realized it had not been just idle work. I was actually learning something with tangible proof,” Spain said. “With there only being six of us, we kind of became a team. We helped each other and it was a really great experience.”
Martin Ringstaff, director of city schools, said the Quarterback Club no longer plan to build a shed for football merchandise. Members of the band booster approached them and offered a part of their building. The money raised toward the football shed will be saved for another project.