The Johnson City Board of Education approved a cafeteria design project Monday night, proposed and donated by the Science Hill High School alumni groups of ’59, ’60 and ’61, that will honor the memory of Science Hill alumnus and former Johnson City Press general manager Tim P. Jones.
Science Hill Principal Melanie Riden-Bacon addressed the board about the group’s memorial dedication idea for the current bare walls in the projection area of the newly added school cafeteria, which they refer to as Topper Grand Hall.
“The alumni have been very involved with our school the last two years and we’re very excited about all that they’re wanting to do for the school,” Riden-Bacon said. “The new cafeteria addition ... is just kind of bland. There isn’t anything really about Science Hill in it other than the floor. The alumni ... wanted to do something in memory of ... Tim Jones and so we brainstormed a little bit about different things that we could do.”
She said the idea for the open space would be to put a 3-D “SH” on the left side of the screen, the school crest on the right side of the screen and the words “Topper Grand Hall” above the screen. A plaque in memory of Jones, graduate of 1960, would then be displayed underneath the crest to the right.
“(Jones) was just so very involved with Science Hill and very supportive of the school,” Riden-Bacon said. “(The memorial design idea) would make our school look a little bit more school-spirited in that part of the grand hall.”
The board approved the project from the alumni group, and chairwoman Kathy Hall said the board was very appreciative of the donation to the school.
“I’d like to say thank you to the alumni for the design of this and the work and donating this. I think that’s a ... gift to Science Hill and I’d like to say thank you,” Hall said.
Dave Chupa, supervisor of instruction and facilities, gave an update on roofing projects at South Side Elementary and Woodland Elementary schools, saying both projects were moving along, despite weather-related delays.
“It has been a slow process. We’re probably about 50 percent finished on both roofs at South Side and Woodland,” he said. “(Indian Trail Intermediate School) seems to be moving along just fine. I don’t think we’ll make the point of being able to put a roof on at spring break, which we would have liked to have done, but we’re a little bit behind on that schedule.”
Sheila Cox, board secretary, voiced concerns over clarity issues of the Science Hill gymnasium sound system, which Chupa said they are still working to adjust.
“Right now, we’re going to try and call some specialists in that do sound systems and see if they can make any recommendations,” he said.