The Liberty school board Tuesday discussed, but did not decide, the naming of the new Liberty County High School stadium.
Alumni of the old Liberty County High School had suggested it be named in honor of Donnell Woods, an LCHS alumnus who later taught there and at Bradwell Institute.
Some board members were willing to invite public comment on the stadium’s name; others said they were reluctant “to open that can of worms.”
Some board members and LCHS Principal Paula Scott said they had thought the name of the stadium was Liberty County High School. She said members of the faculty felt the same way.
Member Becky Carter said adopting the Woods name would bring all kinds of naming proposals for different facilities. She reminded the group they had rejected a proposal to name the board’s new central office in honor of veteran board chairman Barney Rocker.
“It’s not anything negative about Donnell Woods or Barney Rocker,” she said.
Member Mattie Hicks said, “The only thing I regret is that we did not discuss this in closed session.”
The stadium was also the subject of another discussion on the progress of construction.
BoE Chairwoman Lily Baker said, “I drive by there quite often and I see one, two or three people working... I am not satisfied with the progress.”
She pointed out the LCHS teams would have to use Olvey Field for the current season, adding, “I would hate to see them be out another season.”
Interim Superintendent Harley Grove said the system hoped to have graduation in the LCHS stadium this school year.
Discussion with Grove and administrative chief Jason Rogers brought out the information the BoE has not let contracts for restroom, concession stand and other support facilities at the stadium.
“The only thing I ask is that we get rolling,” Baker said.
Other construction projects were discussed. Member Carol Guyett said, “I would like to see Bradwell finished this century. Those people have been under construction for nine years.”
Locker rooms are among the areas still needing attention at BI. “I know some of the locker rooms at Bradwell are atrocious,” Rogers said.
The school board proved no different from other property owners in reacting to Hinesville’s assessment of stormwater fees based on the impervious surfaces.
Rogers said the board could be assessed around $60,000 in stormwater fees, but he was checking carefully the areas deemed impervious and looking for ways to earn credit against the assessments.