SMHS baseball construction

Work to bring the baseball field at Smoky Mountain High School into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is continuing. Assistant Superintendent Jake Buchanan said workers are prepping the site by taking out enough soil and putting down enough stone and fabric to support the planned asphalt parking lot. He added that they are also in the process of laying the foundation for new restrooms. Buchanan said the work is slightly ahead of schedule because of improved recent weather and likely will be completed by the end of June. Spring sports are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Buchanan said that had no impact on the work. “We had worked out such a good plan with the contractor, baseball coach and staff at Smoky Mountain,” he said. “We had a plan that was going to minimize scheduling problems for either side.” Part of the project includes an accessible seating area, which was completed last fall at the top of the hill. The project started after the U.S. Office for Civil Rights ordered Jackson County Schools to improve disabled accessibility at the baseball field.