JONESBORO — On Monday the Clayton County Board of Education unanimously approved a $1.8 million bid to renovate the district’s Safety and Security Department headquarters as well as perform modifications to Tara Stadium.

MEJA Construction is the lowest project bidder with a base bid of $1.72 million and an alternate of $80,000. The total anticipated cost is $2 million which includes a 10% contingency and architect fee. A total of $1.6 million will be paid using SPLOST V funds, with $450,000 coming from the Safety and Security Department’s operating budget.

Upgrades to the Safety and Security building, located next to the district’s administration building, will include video surveillance, access control, burglar and fire alarms, Americans with Disabilities Act restrooms and the addition of uniform storage.

In March, the school board voted to change the name of Tara Stadium to the Hines Ward Field at Tara Stadium. The change came at the request of the Forest Park High School PTSA officers.

Ward is a 1994 graduate of Forest Park High who went on to become a successful football player at the University of Georgia and in the NFL.

As a result, lettering on the press box, front entry and signage will be updated with the new name. The field will also receive a new scoreboard as well as foundation repairs, a new coat of paint and storm drainage replacement.

Education reporter Heather Middleton joined the Clayton News and Henry Herald in 2002.

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