School board to discuss athletics director post

Robin Trimarchi rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com 
 BiCity: Jeff Battles -- Hardaway, coach, FB 
Robin Trimarchi rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com BiCity: Jeff Battles -- Hardaway, coach, FB 12.21.10

The Muscogee County School Board will discuss the recommended appointment of Jeff Battles as the director of systemwide athletics programs at a work session today.

The work session begins at 5 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center on Macon Road.

Recommended by Superintendent David Lewis, Battles is currently athletic director at Hardaway High School.

In November, Battles resigned as head football coach at the school, a job he held for eight seasons.

Battles would replace Todd Stanfill, who took the job in January 2014 but in January took over as principal at Harris County High School.

In other business:

The administration is asking the board to award a contract to Freeman & Associates to serve as construction manager at risk for alterations and additions at Kinnett Stadium.

The board is being asked to award a contract to Trane Inc. for a little more than $3 million for a new heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system and LED lighting system at the Columbus Museum.

The board will discuss the demolition of 14 wood-framed structures at 4100 Cusseta Road. The property was recently purchased by the school district to be used as a systemwide athletic complex. The buildings are in a dilapidated condition.

Lewis is asking the board to approve the implementation of a LEaP (Learning, Enrichment and Progress) Academy program at nine early success center locations. Those elementary school locations are Double Churches, Eagle Ridge, For

rest Road, Fox, Lonnie Jackson, J.D. Davis, Mathews, Rigdon Road and South Columbus.

The goal of the after school program is to expand access to early childhood education and provide supplemental academic assistance to elementary school students outside of school hours.

The program will be supported financially through registration and weekly participation fees.

The board will hear an update on Achieve 3000, a Lexile-based instructional software program being used in the school district's 13 highest need schools.

It is being used at Carver High School. Middle schools using it are Baker and Eddy. Elementary schools with the software are J.D. Davis, Dawson, Downtown, Forrest Road, Fox, Georgetown, Rigdon Road, Lonnie Jackson, South Columbus and Martin Luther King Jr.