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New meaning behind Friday night lights

posted Oct 5, 2015, 11:35 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Oct 5, 2015, 11:36 AM ]
    For at least a decade, students and visitors who use the drill pad at Freedom High School have been left in the dark. That was remedied over the summer when the Burke County Public Schools Auxiliary Services Department installed lights on the drill pad.

    Freedom JROTC Instructor Lt. Col. Terry Connelly said, “Working lights on the drill pad is a huge asset to the safety and drill practices of all students at Freedom High School. Those maintenance guys worked extremely hard to fix this problem. Those guys deserve a lot of praise for their efforts and dedication to mission accomplishment.”

    In preparation for drill competitions, the JROTC often uses the pad before dawn and after dark during early morning and late evening practices. Cadets also park visitors on the drill pad during nighttime home football games.  

    The lights were installed over the summer and before the first home football game.

    Connelly said, “It is now safe for cadets to park visitors on the drill pad and for the band to march to and from the band room to the football field.”

    Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam said, “The Auxiliary Services Department is continuously assessing our school campuses and facility needs. Director Doug Setzer and Assistant Director Bob Acord do a great job of staying on top of capital needs by scheduling, planning and budgeting projects. Student, staff and visitor safety, as always, take top priority. I commend the hard working, skilled men and women in Auxiliary Services for their work and the completion of such projects as installing lights on the drill pad at Freedom High School.”

Note: Freedom High School student Destiny Dean assisted in the writing of this release.

Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
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