Barnett offers proposal for swimming pool, tennis court at NHS

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 15, 2000

Dr. Wayne Barnett of the Natchez-Adams School District dreams Natchez High School will have a swimming pool and a tennis court on campus one day.

&uot;If you don’t dream you’ll never get it,&uot; said the director of school activities, school safety and school security.

During Thursday’s regular board meeting, Barnett presented a drawing made by students in the high school drafting class of possible plans for the site of the former Liberty Park horse barns.

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The proposal included a walking trail, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a soccer field and practice fields for the band and football team.

Of course, Barnett knows these items – especially the swimming pool and tennis courts – may not become a reality until way into the future.

&uot;We would like to have it immediately but that is something the (school) board will have to take up,&uot; he said.

Currently, the school district does not have a swimming program and the tennis team plays at Duncan Park.

But with a swimming pool and tennis courts close to campus, even physical education classes could use them, Barnett said.

The Natchez-Adams School District purchased the former Natchez Convention Center and nearby property for use as a multipurpose building and to expand athletic activities.

The drawing is &uot;just to give you an idea of what could be,&uot; Superintendent Dr. Carl Davis told the school board. &uot;(The students) made several options,&uot; with different arrangements of the fields, the pool and the courts.

The school board did not take any action on the proposal.

In other business Thursday, the school board adopted a resolution opposing upcoming changes in state healthcare insurance.

School districts across the state are adopting the resolution as a way of protesting upcoming increases in deductibles and a decrease in the number of doctors available under state insurance.

&uot;This is really bad – these changes,&uot;&160;said board member Camille Jackson.

The purpose of the resolution is show the Legislature and the insurance officials what a hardship this will place on the employees, Davis said.