Schools donate land for park


The Madisonville School Board signed a resolution Monday to turn over more than four acres to the city for a public park.

“We have worked with the city very well for nine years, maybe longer than that,” Superintendent Keith Smith said. “We’re all about helping people.”

The city manager, police chief and mayor attended a school board meting last month to discuss initial plans for the park, which is scheduled to occupy a space behind the Marian Anderson building.

Mayor Bill Parten said he anticipates a “pavilion with a basketball court, soccer field and softball field.”

“We’ll probably use Texas A&M [students] to plan the total park,” he said during the March school board meeting. “We want to put in as many things as we can to enhance the area. We think it will be good for the city, the school and the community.”

In other matters on Monday, the school board:

•Recognized Students of the Month Courtney Hammit (elementary), Brian Villacana (intermediate), Marvin Cordova (junior high) and Jacoby Nealey (high school).

•Recognized Employees of the Month Margarita Posada of the Child Nutrition Department and Tami Suits, a fourth-grade writing teacher at Madisonville Intermediate School.