Douglas High alumni to express concerns about use of building

Published 8:40 am Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Douglas High School Alumni Association would like to see its former high school and now current Elizabethton Board of Education building used for more community activities.

The Elizabethton School Board will hear concerns from association representative Teresa Reddick during its regular meeting scheduled for tonight at 6:30.

The club’s purpose is to help meet the existing and future needs of other organizations specializing in areas of education, health, culture, civics and charity.

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“The Douglas Alumni Association’s mission goes beyond social services and welfare,” Reddick wrote in a letter dated June 30. “Our donors are interested in improving the overall quality of life in Elizabethton.”

Reddick also outlined a list of concerns including the utilization, restoration and preservation of the former Douglas School. It was closed in 1965.

Reddick plans to ask for permission to restore a mural that has since been damaged, according to the letter.

Reddick also asks questions in the letter about trophies and other historical items the club is interested in finding.

“We need your help in preserving this piece of our historical legacy,” she wrote.

Items on the regular agenda include approval of a memorandum of understanding between the school system and Niswonger College and Career Consortium to being July 16 through June 30, 2020 and a three-year school nutrition agreement for online payments through Heartland Payment Systems. An agreement with the Carter County Health Department for administering flu vaccinations will also be considered for approval.

Board policies in the areas of food service management, granting tenure, separation for non-tenured teachers, sick leave, student assignments and medicines will also be considered.

On the consent agenda, the board plans to approve fourth quarter budget amendments for the general purpose, federal projects and school nutrition budgets.

Name and signature changes on financial and VISA accounts with Citizens Bank are also on the agenda.

In preparation for the new school year, the board will receive an update about recent personnel changes as well.