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DHS to get new roof

DEMOPOLIS &8212; After sustaining hail damage in April, the roof of Demopolis High School needs repair. At Monday&8217;s Board of Education meeting, a bid for a new metal roof was approved.

At Vickers&8217; recommendation, the board approved a $529,000 bid from Johns&Kirksey of Tuscaloosa to put on the new roof. The project will also be assisted by some insurance funds, due from weather damage.

Reporting on the ongoing work at Westside, Principal Connie Brown said the construction on the new addition was going well and they have made use of two of the offices already.

The system&8217;s Parent Teacher Association has also kicked off for the school year.

U.S. Jones principal Tony Speegle reported enrollment numbers were up by about 10-15 students and school grounds are looking much better due to clean-up efforts approved by the board.

Demopolis Middle School principal Clarence Jackson said he has received several phone calls from concerned parents about students being out in the excessive heat.

Jackson said enrollment has been steady and he anticipates even more students after Labor Day.

Demopolis Middle School has also been selected as the recipient of a grant, which funds a program to help with science and math using sports-related applications. Included in the grant are all of the programs and training required to implement the initiative.

Demopolis High School principal Dr. Isaac Espy said his campus&8217; open house went extremely well.

Espy also reported there are only 27 seniors who need to pass three or fewer sections of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam. The next chance for students to take the sections will be in September.

In other business, the board:

Approved a bid from Pepsi of Selma to provide concessions at the schools.

Approved field trips for DMS students to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in November, fourth and fifth graders to go to the Alabama 4-H Center in September, third graders to attend an Arts&Crafts Appreciation at University of West Alabama in September and Westside kindergartners to visit the Montgomery Zoo in April.

Approved Octoberfest fundraiser for U.S. Jones Elementary.

Approved use of DMS gym for a talent show on Oct. 20.