Syd Thrift Athletic Complex
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex County School Board learned Monday that the engineering work on the proposed Middlesex High School Sports Complex is about 80 percent complete. The board voted to request that the county board of supervisors appropriate an additional $7,516 to pay RBA Engineering Group, which is doing the design work on the new facility.
The MHS sports complex will be named to honor baseball legend and Middlesex native Syd Thrift.
School superintendent Rusty Fairheart informed the school board that $81,766 has been allocated and paid toward the project. “This amount represents slightly more than three quarters of the contracted work,” he said.
The total cost for engineering is estimated to be $106,443, said Fairheart.
In other matters, the board voted:
• To authorize new school assistant superintendent Rashard J. Wright to sign school documents in the absence of the school superintendent.
• To allow the Deltaville Maritime Museum to use two school buses to transport people from their automobiles at the museum site to the site of a play titled, “Stingray Point Story” at Stingray Point Beach in Deltaville. The play was written by former museum president Raynell Smith. The buses will be used from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 17, and again on July 19 for a second production of the play. The play begins at 11 a.m. each day. The museum will pay salaries and fuel costs for the buses and will provide insurance. “I think this is a very worthy cause that we should support,” said school board chairman Dr. Richard Shores.
• To ask the board of supervisors to allow the school board to transfer funds to close out fiscal year 2007-08. The appropriation request seeks additional funds of $22,899 toward instruction; $4,764 toward repair and maintenance of equipment; $17,073 for additional fuel oil; and $1,060 for repair, maintenance and supplies.
Also, the supervisors need to allocate $6,145 from federal reimbursements for additional school food purchases.