When bid estimates for renovations for Union Academy came in lower than the actual bids received, Macon County school board was forced to make the difficult decision of cutting project details to get the budget in line. Some of those cuts, according to Union Academy Principal Diane Cotton, could be dangerous this upcoming school year.
One of the cost saving measures at Union Academy was to eliminate the plan to upgrade lighting at Union Academy and instead of upgrading to LED lighting in the school, the school will continue with fluorescent lighting. Cotton noted that the fluorescent lighting triggered three seizures at the school last year, as several of the school's students have special needs.
Members of the school board noted that after the school renovations are completed, that additional needs, such as LED lighting could be addressed then.