Board to honor student for helping bus driver in trouble


The Muscogee County School Board will honor student Shamara Harris at its meeting Monday for her action on a school bus that prevented what could have been a devastating situation.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center on Macon Road.

On Jan. 25, the driver of school bus No. 635, Thomas Williams, suffered a medical condition which caused him to become disoriented while driving students during the  afterschool program route from Spencer High School.

While on I-185 and St. Mary's Road, Harris thought the driver was having a diabetic attack because he was weaving in and out of lanes. Harris talked to the driver and kept him alert  and persuaded him to pull over. An emergency call was made to 911.

Other students on the bus will also be honored.

In other business:

The board will vote to approve a guaranteed maximum price of $32,041,187 from construction contractor Brasfield & Gorrie for the new fine and performing arts center to be built on 15 acres between the Columbus Aquatic Center and Rigdon Road Elementary School.

The total cost of the school, scheduled to be completed by May 2017, is $36 million.

The board will vote on the appointment of Hardaway High School athletic director Jeff Battles as director for system wide athletics.

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

Hannan Academy is asking the board to approve a summer camp enrichment program which if approved would start on  May 31 and finish on July 22.

The program would be funded through registration and weekly participation fees.

The board is being asked to approve Pound Construction Company as the construction manager at risk for work to be done at Fort Middle School  which includes a new gym to include locker rooms, offices, storage areas and a place for concessions.

Freeman & Associates is being recommended as the construction manager at risk for alterations and additions at Kinnett Stadium.

The board will vote on awarding a contract of a little more than $3 million to Trane Inc. for a new air conditioning and heating system. as well, as a LED lighting system for the Columbus Museum.

Board approval is being sought for 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 school district athletic complex. The buildings are in a dilapidated condition.

Three people have requested to address the board in the public agenda. They are Kerri Dunn, Nathan Smith and Mike Edmondson. No topics were provided.