Kayla Fleming/For the Times Macon County School Board members (from left) Jed Goad, Wayne Marsh, Rebekah Tuttle, Jeff Harper and Bryan Nichols resumed discussion about the proposed new elementary school at last Thursday evening’s school board meeting.

Kayla Fleming/For the Times

Macon County School Board members (from left) Jed Goad, Wayne Marsh, Rebekah Tuttle, Jeff Harper and Bryan Nichols resumed discussion about the proposed new elementary school at last Thursday evening’s school board meeting.

At a work session and meeting held last Thursday evening, the Macon County School Board discussed the building of a new elementary school.

Macon County Director of Schools Tony Boles updated the board on the project.

Board member Jeff Harper told the board that, after his own independent research, he believed that the figures given to them by the architects were high. The board had been told that, due to the land they had wanted to build the school on, they would need to purchase $12-million worth of fill dirt.

"In those figures was dirt work, plus all utilities, all sidewalks, all paving," Harper said. "The figures on a lot of that was way out in leftfield. One figure that sticks out in my mind was, they had the gas lines at $80 a foot, but the city of Lafayette installs the gas lines for $2.25 and furnishes the material."

Harper suggested having a work session with the board members and architects to solely discuss the building project.

That work session was set for Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. to further discuss the future of the project, including the larger numbers and a potential new location for the schools.

Boles told the board that engineers on the project would be coming later in the week to look at two other pieces of land that could potentially hold the school, including beside the high school and in front of the Macon County Justice Center.

The board also heard a proposal for a Macon County fishing team.

Kelly Stone and Justin Adams pitched the idea for the team, which would be open to students from second grade through high school. Students would be on teams of two, plus an adult boat captain, to enter tournaments.

"This gives (students an opportunity) to do something that they love, which is the outdoors," Stone said. "And it gives them an opportunity for scholarships."

Stone and Adams pointed out that most schools in surrounding counties have fishing teams, and they are rapidly on the rise. They also added that they have been approached by potential business sponsors and donors.

School board member Rebekah Tuttle asked Stone and Adams to prepare a potential budget for the teams to present to the board at the January meeting.

The board also approved the 2020-2021 school calendar. Registration for this school year will be held on Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., with the first full day being Aug. 7. School will not begin on Thursday this year due to the Macon County General Election being held on Aug. 6.

The final day of the fall semester will be Dec. 18. There will be 86 days in the fall semester for 2020.

The spring semester will begin on Jan. 5, and the 2020-2021 school year will conclude on May 28. There will be 94 days in the spring semester.

Some board members questioned going so late into May. Boles told the board that Memorial Day in 2021 does not fall until May 31 and that school would not go past Memorial Day.