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Board of Education recognizes championship LaFayette basketball team


The LaFayette High School Class 2A state champion boys basketball team continues to receive praise for their outstanding achievement. The team was honored this time by the Chambers County Board of Education at their meeting last Wednesday.

Though some players were not able to attend the meeting due to obligations to other sports and Coach Obadiah Threadgill was in Montgomery preparing to coach in the Alabama-Mississippi all-star game, many Bulldogs were on hand to be recognized by Superintendent Kelli Hodge and the board members.

LaFayette Principal Don Turner filled in for Coach Threadgill and introduced the members of the team present. Each received a round of applause from the board and others present at the meeting.

Dr. Hodge commended the team’s achievements, not just for this season, but two year’s ago when the team finished as state runner-up. She expressed her appreciation for how the athletes represented their school and the Chambers County System during the Final Four tournament. “You did it with character and dignity, and you brought a state championship back home,” Hodge said. “We thank you so much. We are so proud of you.”

Many on the board attended the title game in Birmingham, and board member Judy LaFollette told the team that she had loved every minute of the Bulldogs’ dominant 69-39 victory over Elba High School.

The championship was the fourth basketball title in school history and the first under Coach Threadgill.

A few other routine items of business were handled by the board at the meeting. A contract was awarded to Myers Tire Supply for a Hunter Alignment System for the Chambers County Career Technical Center. At a cost of $24,513, the system will allow more students to work on vehicles at the same time. Funding for the system was approved by the state legislature last year.

The board approved Dr. Hodge’s recommendation for programs and positions for the summer special education and Fairfax Elementary programs.

A request by Valley High Band Director Shannon Chandler for a trip to Orlando, Florida in April 2016 was also approved at the meeting. The W.F. Burns Middle School concert band and Valley High concert and jazz bands will be taking part in the WorldStrides Heritage Performance Orlando Festival. The trip will cost approximately $600 per student and will be funded by school fundraising activities and parents.

During the Superintendent’s report, Dr. Hodge expressed her concern with education issues being discussed by the state legislature. She said that public education seems to be in the crosshairs right now. Dr. Hodge encouraged the board members to go to Montgomery to show support for the school boards association and thanked members of Chambers County’s legislative delegation for listening to her concerns.

Dr. Hodge also noted that the system’s trial run with the Kronos system for employee time-keeping had worked out well and would be implemented system-wide this week.

Before adjourning, Hodge encouraged everyone to attend the Chambers County Special Olympics that would be taking place at the Valley Community Center on March 27 at 9 am CST.