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Stories Added - March 2009
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Crockett Technology Center Gets a Building
Houston County Courier -  March 2009

By Sharron Randall
Staff Writer

The board of directors of the newly formed Crockett Technology Center met at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 to elect officers.  Board members present were John L. Hartley, Cecil G. Miles, Tim W. Culp, Jerry A. Mullins and Sharron Randall.
Hartley, who had the vision of a technology museum and center, was unanimously elected as president; Miles was elected vice-president; Culp was elected treasurer, and Mrs. Randall was named secretary.
The president informed the directors that owner Stanley Maxwell has donated a warehouse building on Alabama Street for the center's unlimited use. 
Hartley, a retired telecommunications specialist, reported that the 100' by 50' building has water and electricity, a restroom, office area with air conditioning, four overhead doors, and telephone usage, with phone number 545-1596, which will be installed on Tuesday, March 3.
He also related that a certificate of formation for a Domestic Nonprofit Corporation has been received from the Office of the Secretary of State.
While planning and brain storming, board members present decided on a day and time for meetings, which will be on: Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m.  By-laws are presently being put in good form and should be ready to adopt during the next meeting.
Plans for a technical library to assist in hands-on training are also being formulated.  The center, while developing a curriculum, will work with professionals, corporations, school districts, organizations and leaders in the Houston County area.
The center will also use the talents and skills of retired citizens in various trades, professions, and industry to develop skills and provide opportunities in the areas of math, science and physics.
The center plans to be a valuable resource for the five county school districts, home schools, and private schools through on-campus demonstrations and presentations in elementary, junior high and high school classrooms and offering hands-on activities at the center itself in after-school activities and workshops.
Hartley has already begun to promote the center by speaking to groups at the Boys & Girls Club and James Berry's after school program at First United Methodist Church-Crockett.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the consensus of those present was that "We are going to grow!" 
"The fact that we have a building is phenomenal," said one board member.  Another said, "Now we just have to prove ourselves by developing programs that are directed to the interest of the community."
Others who have expressed a desire to work on the Crockett Technology Center's Board of Directors are Berry, James Sutton and Paulette McClelland.





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