THOMASVILLE — Thomasville City Schools board members have appointed a replacement for the board’s open seat.

Board members approved appointing Britney Glass to the open seat, vacated when Chris Rodd stepped down from his District 2 post three months ago. Glass also has qualified to run for the seat in November’s general election. She does not face opposition.

School board Chairman Todd Bennett said the board members wanted to let Glass be a part of the process. She will be sworn in later by Probate Judge Vickie Burnette.

School board members also gave final approval to the rollback millage rate of 18.611. It will now to Thomasville City Council to pass on behalf of the school board in order for property tax bills to go out.

The school board also agreed to take sealed bids to be submitted on resurfacing the Thomasville High School tennis courts. The 10-day window ends next week. 

School system officials have wanted to get the courts repaired but first had to determine if the school board or the city owned the courts and the land. With that question answered, the school system is aiming to have the courts done in time for the high school tennis season.

Practices can begin January 6, 2020, and the first matches can be played as early as January 27. Once a bidder is approved the timeline for work is expected to be three months. Inclement weather could push that back to four months.

“We’re moving forward with a plan,” said city schools athletic director Chris Merritt. “I’m proud the school board is moving ahead with us.”

The tennis courts, which the school system owns, have not had any work done to them in 20-plus years, Merritt said. 

“The cracks are terrible,” he said. “There is grass growing between them.”

The Thomasville High School tennis team has won five of the last six Region 1-AA championships and has advanced to the Class AA state semifinals two of the last three years.

“It is time to give them some much due respect,” Merritt said. “We already have state of the art athletics facilities.”

The school system plans to have the courts remain open to the public. Funding for the resurfacing is coming out city schools special purpose local option sales tax proceeds.

Merritt said the school system may turn one of the courts into a pickle ball court. 

“It is growing in the city of Thomasville,” he said. “It will be another opportunity to get our PE kids out there and teach the game of pickle ball.” 

Editor Pat Donahue can be reached at (229) 226-2400 ext. 1806.

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