Blue Ridge, Ga – 2019 football season will begin with new LED lights shining on the field, and the system will give students a chance to create a unique light show.
38 football stadium lights have burnt out, and many need new ballasts or entirely new fixtures to properly work.
Four bids came in, and the lowest bid from Over and Under General Contractors was for $242,490.00.
Previously, Phillips estimated around $400,000 to $500,000 for updating the lights before the project went out to bid.
LED stands for light emitting diode and produced 90% more light than incandescent bulbs.
Danner explained, “The old light fixtures, the old cages will be coming down. New fixtures will be going up. It won’t be 88 fixtures anymore because LEDs are brighter, so it will be fewer fixtures, guaranteed for 10 years. Anything goes wrong, they come out and take care of it.”
The new lights will be installed before the 2019 football season.
“I think it’s pretty good that the lights that were there lasted as long as they did because it was a month ago, we changed out the speakers, and all that and they were totally gone,” stated Board Member Bobby Bearden.
“Would this control module allow some of our technology student to manipulate the lighting system?” asked Board Member Terry Bramlett.
Yes, the system comes with three pre-programmed settings. Once training’s complete, the school and students can create unique light shows.
SPLOST covers the new football stadium lights.
New Pick-Up Lane at East Fannin
East Fannin Elementary School requested to widen the parent pick-up lane because the two to one lane environment caused extra congestion.
“It’s a high priority for Mr. Bryce and East Fannin Administration,” “it causes great concern, and we only received one quote back for $25,500.00 for 575 feet to widen it. It will be a dual lane from Old 76 all the way up to the bus line.”
Bryce added that they rearranged the pick-up for safety reasons as well. In the past, The school used two different parent drop-offs, and it caused congestion.
“Where it bottlenecked, they were starting to go out on the gravel and create potholes, so two lanes all the way around will be even safer,” stated Bryce.
New Security Cameras at West Fannin
Next West Fannin Elementary School requested security cameras to be paid for by a security grant from the Department of Education. The project cleared DOE requirements but needed Board of Education approval.
“What we have now, you can’t even zoom. With this, you’ll be able to tell what color shirt they have on, but you might not see facial expressions,” explained Danner.
The cameras provide visibility up to 425 feet and the same system as the high school. The connected system allows the administration to view both schools’ security cameras on one screen.
“I think it’s a good use of the state’s safety grant money,” advised Superintendent Michael Gwatney.
Propane bids for the district came in, and one provided a lower price than what the school currently spends on the gas. UPG/ Fort Mountain Propane received approval to supply the district for the next school year.
The turning lane and new entrance for the agricultural center are open and ready for use.
Blue Ridge Elementary received a new metal door for security purposes.
East Fannin painted the dug-outs on the lower field and rusted handrails. The school removed a derelict trailer as well. East Fannin Middle school’s building a new administrative office for the bookkeeper. Additionally, an ADA-regulated walkway extends down to the playground. These walkways can only drop one inch per foot.
Fannin County High School pressured washed the sidewalks and painted as well as sandblasted the rusted stairs.
Local SPLOST taxes paid for the majority of the updates.
BKP quizzes Jessi on devices from the old days to see if she knows what they are. Technology has come a long way in just a few years.
The Fannin County Technology Student Association competed at the State level in several events during the month of March.
On March 11th, 16 high school students on the Engineering TEAM traveled to Georgia Tech to participate in a test of Math, Science, and Engineering. The students were divided into a 9th/10th grade team and an 11th/12th grade team. The students had to submit an essay on the use of Artificial Intelligence, take a multiple choice test in Math and Science, and complete a design build engineering challenge. The 11th and 12th grade team placed 2nd in the State in the Math and Science test. If the students score in the top three in the State on all parts of the challenge, they will earn the right to compete at the National level in Washington D.C. in June.
(L to R) Eli Young, Anna Holloway, and Brook Patton work on their engineering challenge
Front (L to R) Tanner Hamby, James Squires, Cooper Boyle, John Moler, Ethan Jolly, Christian Jensen, Cooper Brooks, Samuel Dillard
Back (L to R) Lexi McGill, Anna Holloway, Brook Patton, Porter Squires, Zach Payne, Matthew Shirah, Eli Young, Ramtin Doroodchi
TSA State Conference:
The Fannin High School and Middle School students also traveled to Athens, GA for the TSA State Leadership Conference from March 13th through March 16th. The students competed in events ranging from robotics design to extemporaneous speech to flight endurance. Several students were semifinalists, finalists, and State Champions.
At the high school level:
Matthew Shirah placed 4th in the State in Photographic Technology
Christian Jensen, Porter Squires, and John Moler placed 7th in Computer Coding
Porter Squires and Steven Setser placed 7th in Forensic Science (photo Porter Steven L to R)
Steven Setser, Jonothon Payne, and Isaiah Cargle placed 12th in On Demand Video
Brayden Foster, Christian Jensen, Eli Young, Ramtin Doroodchi, Isaiah Cargle, Jonothon Payne, Rob Russell, Steven Setser, James Squires, Porter Squires, and John Moler (not pictured Matthew Shirah)
The middle school had an outstanding conference with several students in the semifinals and finals, and two teams winning State Championships!
Bryce Ware and James Kyle placed 1st in Technology Problem Solving
Bryce Ware, Lucas Barnstead, and Luke Pelfrey placed 1st in Technology Quiz Bowl
Wyatt Payne and Tristen Siler placed 2nd in Structural Design
The entire middle school group was 6th in First Lego League Robotics
James Kyle was 4th in Computer Aided Design Foundations
Mason McDaniel, Bryce Ware, James Kyle, Luke Pelfrey, Logan Martin, and Bryce Mitchell placed 8th in Chapter Team
The first place finishers have earned the right to travel to Washington D. C. this summer to compete in the Technology Student Association National Conference and represent the State of Georgia!!
Front (L to R) Bryce Mitchell, Wyatt Payne, Mason McDaniel
Middle (L to R) James Kyle, Bryce Ware, Luke Pelfrey
Back (L to R) Logan Martin, Lucas Barnstead, Tristen Siler, Sam Jabaley
You can learn more about Engineering TEAMS at https://tsaweb.org/competitions-programs/teams
You can learn more about National TSA at https://tsaweb.org/
You can learn more about Georgia TSA at https://www.gatsa.org/
“I am really excited about the high level performance this month from the Engineering students from Fannin County. The Middle School students had an exceptional conference, and they will represent the State of Georgia at the National Conference this summer in Washington, D.C. I am excited to see what the future holds for these students as they pursue career opportunities in the world of technology.” Bubba Gibbs Engineering Teacher and TSA Advisor, Fannin County High School.
Fannin Middle School Technology Student Association attended the TSA State Conference at Athens this weekend. We had 10 students go and compete in different areas. The areas of competition are Mass Production, Dragster, Tech Bowl, Structural Engineering, Chapter Team, Lego Robotics, CAD Foundations, Problem Solving, Flight, and Forensic Science. We were able to finish in the top 10 in the state in 9 out of 10 areas. In placing, we had two first place finishes in Tech Bowl and Problem Solving. The Tech Bowl team consisted of Lucas Barnstead, Luke Pelfrey, and Bryce Ware. The other first place was in Problem Solving with the team being Bryce Ware and James Kyle. Tristen Siler and Wyatt Payne place second in Structural Engineering.
Below are pictures of the young men and their awards.
The Fannin County High School and Middle School students attended the Technology Student Association (TSA) Fall Leadership Conference in Jekyll Island, GA on November 8th through the 11th. Students competed in the cardboard boat races, First Lego League Robotics, VEX Robotics, and managed the Electrathon Go-Cart Race. Students also attended leadership development sessions and a college fair for engineering schools. The Fannin High School TSA Chapter was presented with a White Star Chapter award for increasing the membership by 10% from last year. This is the second year in a row that the chapter has been presented with a White Star award!
Students Pictured in Feature Image (L-R):
Cooper Brooks, Eli Young, John Moler, Henry Leben, Gene Carbonell, Christian Jensen, Ramtin Doroodchi, Max Mathis, Will Garland, Thomas Green, Steven Setser, Isaiah Cargle
FCHS Hosts Career Day
Fannin County High School hosted Career Day on October 25. Over 40 different careers were represented with students being able to choose two sessions to attend. The variety of topics covered by presenters included duties of the careers, education and/or training needed for the career, salary and benefits associated with the careers, along with how to keep the career once obtained. The soft skills needed to maintain a job were described as: being on time to work, dressing appropriately for the job, working productively on a team; and maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity. Principal Erik Cioffi expressed his gratitude to the community for their support and willingness to participate in this important event.
Our “STEM Upcycling” winners in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade were rewarded Tuesday, May 16th with their Unicorn Spit Party from Kitty Ray, owner of 3 Monkeys Antique Mall and Paint Studio in downtown Blue Ridge. The students really enjoyed using this awesome paint.
Kitty gave each student a wooden template, paint, and lots of tools to make cool designs. Thank you Kitty and 3 Monkeys for being such a great business partner.Great Job to Reese Lewis, Anthony Herrera, and AJ Allen for winning this great painting party for their classrooms.
Brayden Whitener and Peyton Strickland
Levi Satterfield and Bryce Mitchell
By Mark Young, Academic Coach
On March 7, 2017, the 2nd and 3rd grade students at West Fannin Elementary participated in a forensic exercise that highlighted their STEM program. Second graders were asked to solve clues to earn pieces of “Spud”, AKA Mr. Potato Head, and piece him back together following a horrible mishap. The clues included activities in math, science and engineering including robots. Third grade used STEMWORKS, a forensic website, to learn how to analyze handwriting samples and to observe differences in various crime scenes. Students and teachers alike had a wonderful time despite the weather.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is an approach to teaching which integrates all disciplines and helps the students learn to be life-long problem-solvers.
2nd-3rd STEM 18 – 2nd graders Isaac Watkins (green) and Cayson Mitchell working to solve clue #6 which was using legos, fill in the rectangle without going over any of the edges.
2nd-3rd STEM 6 – for 3rd grade Nathan, Caden, and Misty Strickland took part in the genetics lab where they had to analyze their fingerprint compared to the mystery print.
West Fannin Elementary
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