By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Coordinator
Athens ISD has been hard at work getting all its elementary students on the same page — literally.
In late October, pre-K students at all three elementary campuses — Bel Air, Central Athens and South Athens — participated in the 13th annual Read for the Record event, which included each child receiving their very own copy of the illustrated storybook, “Maybe Something Beautiful.”
“It was a great opportunity for us to be able to share the value of literacy in our community,” said South Athens Elementary Principal Claudia Stiles.
On Wednesday, November 7, at the annual Texas Downtown Association Conference in Corpus Christi, the City of Athens received the award for “Best Renovation/Rehabilitation/Restoration” for The Texan: A Landmark Venue in the competitive Texas Downtown Association’s President’s Award program for its impact to downtown revitalization and development efforts for the City of Athens.
By Sherri Skeeters/AEDC Business Development and Marketing Director
Earlier this year, the Henderson County Regional Fair Park Complex applied for Athens Economic Development Corporation’s Community Development Grant, requesting grant funds to replace 40 stalls in the front barn, at a cost of $66,636. With this portion completed, AEDC board of directors ruled the project in compliance and awarded $30,000 in matching funds toward the stall replacement project.
Two years into the process, the Athens City Council is still debating the proper direction for the Cain Center rehabilitation project. Tuesday, Oct. 30, the council met and revealed a wide difference of opinion among members about how much the project could cost taxpayers. There is also now a minimalist operations plan that may be the Cain Center’s last hope.