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February 9, 2013

Holly Pond deeds road to school board over safety concern

HOLLY POND — The Holly Pond town council passed a resolution this week to deed over a piece of roadway to the Cullman County Board of Education.

Before now, Buckner Road, which runs through the middle of the Holly Pond school campuses, and in between the school’s two gyms, was a part of the county road system. However, with the recent review of school safety plans, school officials felt it would be best if the school had authority over it.

“It has nothing to do with wanting to keep people away from us,” Assistant Principal Steve Miller said. “It has to do with the safety of our students. We’ve been looking at all angles of things to make school safer for our kids at school, and with all of the stuff that’s happened away from here, it’s caused us to take a deeper look at things.”

All council members were in agreement it was a move that needed to be made.

“Anyway we can help, we’ll be glad to, because we all have to work together for the town to do what’s needed to be done to make our kids safer,” mayor Hermain Nail said.

Miller thanked the council for their continuous efforts in working with the school.

“Thank you for what you do for us at the school and you’re continued support and effort on your side to make things better on our side,” Miller said. “Not every place has the same kind of working relationship that we have, and I really appreciate that. You working with us makes things so much easier.”

Once the proper paperwork has been filed, Miller said the gate

just past the funeral home and day care at the back entrance of campus would begin being locked during school hours.

Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com

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