By Bill Short
The Millington School Board unanimously approved a $39,396 contract this week for the purchase and installation of six new basketball goals in the MCHS Gymnasium.
Board members took the action Monday night during their regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Chris Denson and seconded by Barbara Halliburton.
The contract is with Toadvine Enterprises under a Sourcewell contract.
John Smith, new supervisor of Operations and Transportation for the school system, said in response to a question by board member Cody Childress that each of the basketball goals will have an electric motor on top that “raises” it.
He also said the architectural and engineering firm A2H did some “pro bono work” to ensure that the structural and electrical components will be “good.”
In response to a question by board Chairman Larry Jackson, Smith noted that the goals will be raised as close as possible to “parallel with the floor,” so spectators in the “top seats” will be able to see the court “a little better.”
Jackson said that, with the “tournament coming,” the goals will probably get “some pretty good use.” But Smith noted that the installation is a “13-week project” that will begin on the date he receives “an approved purchase order.”