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School board keeping renovations on hold

Brookhaven school board members again demonstrated Tuesday night they’re not in a hurry to make a decision regarding district renovation needs the superintendent and maintenance director have described as pressing.

School board member Erin Smith has previously pushed for a second opinion regarding repairs to the Brookhaven High School football stadium bleachers.

Maintenance Director Joe Morgan told board members using Dungan Engineering to obtain a second analysis of the stadium’s condition would cost $5,850.

The district has already paid $1,600 for an inspection of the stadium by Structural Design Group of Nashville, Tenn.

That visual inspection of the stadium indicated some serious structural problems. Repairs of these structural problems have been estimated at $333,9000.

Morgan didn’t appear enthusiastic Tuesday night about a second inspection of the stadium.

“I don’t see it necessary,” Morgan said.

And board members didn’t see it as necessary to discuss.

“Let’s hold up on that for further study,” said Willie Harrison, now serving a rotation as board president.

No board members objected to Harrison’s proposal.

The stadium repairs were initially included in a recommendation Superintendent Lisa Karmacharya made that the district move forward to comply with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Due to the cost, board members later pulled out the stadium from the ADA renovation list.