The Madison County Board of Education voted Nov. 12 to name the high school’s new college and career academy “Broad River College and Career Academy: Agriculture, Academics, Industry.”
The board also approved a guaranteed maximum price for the cost of the academy at $3.1 million. All bids were open on Nov. 7 and Bonnie Knight reported that the project came in under the $3.4 million budgeted.
In other business, Superintendent Dr. Allen McCannon told the board that they do not know the impact the new Kroger shopping center that is being built in northern Clarke County will have on Madison County’s sales tax base. The store is expected to directly impact sales at the Ingles in Hull.
“Estimates are that it could be as high as 10 percent,” McCannon said.
Assistant superintendent Bonnie Knight, who also chairs the chamber of commerce’s economic development committee, said the county tried to get the store to come into Madison County along Hwy. 72, but that developers said there was not a high enough traffic. She said it was important to them (developers) to be at the intersection of Hwys. 29 and 72.
Knight also reported that high school construction is in an “exciting stage” with the building beginning to take shape. “There is something new to see everyday now,” she said.