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June 25, 2014

‘A real blessing’

Anonymous donor steps up again

An anonymous donor who has already donated some $1.6 million to the Whitfield County Schools system has made another round of donations totaling more than $1.7 million.

On Wednesday, the Board of Education accepted donations to improve facilities and services at six schools, mostly on the south end of the county.

“This helps us to address some facilities issues that are much needed but would be very difficult for us to do with the resources that we have,” said board Chairman Louis Fordham. “This is a real blessing that will really affect the students. They will really benefit.”

The donor provided money last year for Southeast Whitfield High School to build a new track around the football field, expand the number of tennis courts to six from four and add lighting, replace the main concession stand roof and paint it, improve practice facilities and add new fencing around the stadium and tennis courts.

And just a few weeks ago, the donor provided funds to buy an activity bus for Southeast, install a futsal field at Dug Gap Elementary School and build a bus awning at Antioch Elementary School, among other things.

Board members accepted the following donations on Wednesday:

• $647,252 for the library/technology room at Dug Gap as well as iPads for fourth- and fifth-graders there.

• $277,908 for science labs and cabinets at Dug Gap.

• $94,530.71 for a greenhouse at Dug Gap.

• $78,159 for rear playground equipment at New Hope Elementary School.

• $72,220 for fences around the baseball and football fields at Valley Point Middle School.

• $68,540 for a “star lab” dome and software at Antioch.

• $63,530 for front playground equipment at New Hope.

• $63,000 for a sign at Southeast.

• $62,150 for a drainage project at Antioch.

• $60,423 for lighting at the Southeast gym.

• $47,000 for lab equipment and a parking lot survey at Southeast.

• $45,000 for playground equipment at Cedar Ridge Elementary School.

• $40,700 for painting and a band room project at Valley Point.

• $32,323 for hall and cafeteria painting at Southeast.

• $32,030 for wireless and cabling at the Dug Gap tech lab.

• $32,000 for sports equipment at Valley Point.

• $6,000 for water and power costs for the futsal field at Dug Gap.

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