Jason Bridges was approved as the 2018-19 Greenwood Freshman Center Principal. Bridges currently serves as Assistant Principal of Greenwood Jr. High School. He previously served with the school district as a secondary math teacher and secondary math facilitator.Bridges graduated from Greenwood High School in 1991. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and secondary education degree from Arkansas Tech University in 1995, a Master of Arts in History and Religion from Abilene Christian University in 2003, and a Specialist in Education degree from Arkansas State University in 2017. Mr. Bridges began his teaching career in 1995 and has served the Greenwood School District since 1998.Jason and his wife Lorrie reside in Greenwood.

The board also approved the 2018-2019 school calendar. The calendar includes a start date of Aug. 13 (a Monday), no school on Good Friday or the following Monday and the last day will be on June 3.

In other news:

The Greenwood School Board voted unanimously at their February meeting for a construction project that will add new heating, ventilation and air conditioning units to the H.B. Stewart Basketball Arena.

The basketball gym was originally built without ac as a cost savings measure back in 1996.

“We have been looking at this project for a number of years,” said Greenwood Assistant Superintendent Kevin Hesslen.

Hesslen stated that the current heating units are approaching 20 years old and that it is time that they were replaced.

The school will perform the construction themselves in order to save money. Hesslen stated that the school has taken bids in the past to cool the arena and that some of the bids came in as high at a million dollars.

The district will buy four HVAC units directly from Lennox for $168,023. The new units will produce 40 tons of air. Hesslen estimated that the school may save as much as $300,00 by handling the project themselves. The total cost of the project is estimated to cost $278,088.