Red Cross representative Chris Hill said the location, capacity, food-preparation capabilities and access to showers make school buildings ideal for use as shelters after natural disasters and other emergencies.
“Why right now?,” Hill asked. “We’re making an honest effort to make ourselves more visible in Cleburne County.”
Other Red Cross designated shelters in the area are the former armory building at the Heflin Community Center and Heflin Baptist Church, but Hill explained that more shelters are needed because of the size of Cleburne County.
Board members said they would discuss the matter at a future meeting.
The next board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 3 at Ranburne Elementary School.
In other business the board members:
— Approved the 2014 textbook committees.
— Approved a bid of $76,646 submitted by Southland International for a school bus.
— Approved the extension of the child nutrition contract of Bill Bailey until May 30, 2014.
— Approved the extension of Ranburne Elementary School Principal Brenda Hall for three years and six months.
— Approved the child nutrition charged meal policy.
— Approved field trips to the Oxford Center for the Performing Arts and the McWane Center.
— Recognized the school district’s transportation department for receiving an excellent rating of the school bus inspection exit report conducted on Nov. 8.
Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.