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Schools’ new headquarters showcased

The Lamar County board of education held the first meeting in its new offices March 10, announcing an open house for the building from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26. ”We still have some decorating to do, but this building gives us a touch of class,” said superintendent Dr. Bill Truby. Refreshments will be offered and local service agencies that partner with the schools have been invited to set up displays and hand out literature. ”We hope to show off a few other things, too,” said Dr. Truby. Truby gave a brief roundup of other building projects, offering a look at the fine arts center color scheme and carpet and noting the final coating for the stadium turf is on its way. ”We’re on schedule to have the first spring game and graduation there,” he said. “Students are already visiting it. There are some things to take care of around the field and it needs to settle.” The board stressed again the stadium and fine arts center will not be named for any one Lamar countian. ”We decided anything we had would be named for the school system,” said chairman Susan Byars. “Naming facilities for people leaves too many people out.” A memorial park, with plaques for those the community wants to honor, is being considered. ”There are too many, past and present,” said member Ron Smith. “I had a list of 100 names.” A drive is ongoing to buy chairs for the fine arts center complete with plaques honoring or memorializing people, businesses and groups. Each chair costs $150. ”Wouldn’t it be nice if we sold it out?” asked Dr. Truby.

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