Buford considers lacrosse, gymnastics for 2012-13

BUFORD -- In answer to the students of Buford High School, officials with the city district talked at Monday's regular meeting about the possibility of lacrosse and gymnastics programs.

Superintendent Geye Hamby said that if the board decides to move forward with the staff recommendation, programs could be underway by the 2012-13 academic year.

"With these two sports, there are not a lot of startup costs involved," said Hamby at Monday's meeting.

Hamby said teachers and administrators polled students on what they would like to see in the way of sports programs, and students indicated gymnastics and lacrosse would be desirable.

"With this being of interest to our kids, it would allow one more activity our students could be involved in."

Buford High School Principal Banks Bitterman said he was "very excited" at the prospect of both programs and that he looked forward to moving forward with the sports.

Hamby said staff is currently "making sure all the information fits before we send it out to parents."

The next step would be a formal approval at an upcoming board meeting to approve both sports programs.

In other business at Monday's meeting, the Buford City Schools Board of Education approved bids for refinishing of the middle school's gym floor, patching of the high school track and the purchase of computer software and equipment for the high school's computer program as part of federal matching grants.

In addition, the board discussed the "virtualization" of computers at Buford Middle School. Hamby said staff was still analyzing the costs of using 400 "dummy terminals" as opposed to traditional desktop computers as a cost-savings measure.

The dummy terminals would "operate like a computer but through a central server."

All votes at Monday's meeting were unanimous. It was the first meeting for new Buford City Schools Board member Beth Lancaster.