Sundbeck gives $30k for district programs

Staff Writer

The West Point consolidated School District will be receiving some funds for its high school football and band programs.

At its meeting Monday night, the school board unanimously approved a $30,000 donation from Milton Sundbeck, owner of Town Creek Farm and president of Southern Ionics Incorporated in West Point. Of the funds donated, $10,000 will go to the West Point High School Band program for new instruments, while $20,000 will go to the Green Wave football team.

Superintendent Burnell McDonald also said the district’s 2019-2020 school year was off to a smooth start, with 2,959 students enrolled district-wide. Students returned to school Thursday, Aug. 8.

“We’re off to a great start this school year,” McDonald said.

He said East Side Elementary School had 253 students, Church Hill Elementary had 396 students, South Side Elementary had 426 students, West Clay Elementary had 121 students, the Fifth Street School had 719 students and West Point High School had 1,044 students.

He said this year’s enrollment was average for the district.

“This could increase with transfers and so forth, but we’re proud of our start,” McDonald said. “We visited all of our buildings and everything looks good. It really does. The climate and environment of the schools seems pretty safe, and instruction’s going on.”

The board also unanimously approved contracts with four single source providers including Jumpstart Test Prep, Lumos Learning Collaborative Platform, NoRedInk Inc. and Renaissance Learning.