A parade honoring the Gainesville High School championship football team is set for this afternoon, but school officials may have to cancel some of the festivities given a forecast of stormy weather.
The team beat Ware County 49-13 in the Dec. 14 Class AAAAA championship game at the Georgia Dome. The school system announced the celebrations earlier this month.
Rain or shine there will be a reception at the high school’s cafeteria and Red Shed area, but officials will be making a decision at noon about whether they can hold the parade.
Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Merriane Dyer said it would be difficult to reschedule the parade given the time it takes to have the route approved through the Georgia Department of Transportation and the city of Gainesville.
“To use Green Street, it took two weeks for approval from DOT,” Dyer said. “We have waited six weeks since winning the game to do this because Coach (Bruce) Miller had back surgery, so we are ready to complete the celebration.”
Schools will release early and if the parade is held, it will start at the high school at 4 p.m. If it is canceled, the reception will start at 4 p.m.
The reception will include brief remarks from Mayor Danny Dunagan and Miller and there will be a time to meet and take photos with the team.
There also will be food provided by the school’s Family Consumer Careers program.
If the parade is held, it will travel Oak Street to Academy Street, then turning onto E.E. Butler Parkway at the intersection with Jesse Jewell Parkway and continuing out Green Street to Bobby Gruhn Field at City Park.
Hall paving project could lead to future savings
The Hall County Board of Education voted Monday night to approve a parking lot project at East Hall High School’s football stadium that, as a test case for the school system, might produce future cost savings.
The school system plans to use Perma Flex, a paving material that is “much stronger than average concrete and especially stronger than asphalt,” said Damon Gibbs, facilities director for Hall County schools.
The work would involve putting down a mixture of Perma Flex and asphalt.
“It’s a much less expensive option for us,” Gibbs told the board.
“If it works on the entrance area (at the stadium), we’d like to expand and use it on the remainder of that area, as well as some other areas in our system where we have asphalt that’s coming to pieces.”
Superintendent Will Schofield told Gibbs, “I appreciate you looking into this alternative product, because you’re right — at our 33 facilities, we have a number of parking lots that need some fairly significant renovation.
“This will be a great test run.”
Gibbs said, “If this product works, it will save us several hundred thousand dollars, just on that parking lot. It’s a significant price ... and time difference.”
The school system’s special purpose local option sales taxes will pay for the project.
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