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School library named for retired principal

Posted: February 17, 2013 - 12:04am
Brenda Jones was the first principal of Brookwood Elementary.  Special Photo
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Brenda Jones was the first principal of Brookwood Elementary.

Brookwood Elementary School’s library soon will carry the name of the school’s former principal.

Columbia County School Board members Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a request from the school to name the media center in honor of Brenda Jones, who retired as principal at the end of the 2011-12 school year.

“I think it’s a great honor,” said board Chairwoman Regina Buccafusco.

Until her retirement, Jones had been the only principal the school had known, opening it in 1989.

A plaque will be mounted at the library in Jones’ honor, said School Superintendent Charles Nagle.

Also Tuesday, board members agreed to sell 1.6 acres that includes a pond behind the new Evans Elementary School to the high bidder, James Allen, for $10,001.

The school board will fence off the pond from the new school, which opens in August.

Also Tuesday, with action from the school board and county commissioners, parking lots will soon be paved on the future park behind Lakeside High School.

Commissioners, during their Public Works Committee meeting Tuesday morning, agreed to spend $324,000 to pave their portion of the lot, while the school board Tuesday night OK’d spending just under $100,000 to pave their part.

“If we do it now, it’ll be a savings in the future,” said Columbia County Construction and Maintenance Division Director Matt Schlachter. “It’s a cost we’re going to have to experience now or later.”

Purchase and construction on the 70-acre park, a joint project of the school board and commission, is funded through sales taxes. Once the asphalt is complete, little activity is expected on the site for a couple of years until the school system’s next sales tax is renewed.

Eventually, the park will include a new football stadium and other athletic facilities for Lakeside High School, and provide facilities for the county’s recreation programs. The site also will provide a second entrance to the Lakeside school complex and access to county trails and greenspace connecting to Reed Creek Park.

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