McMinnville officials have approved a $30,000 donation to Warren County High School to establish advanced robotics training for students.
Mayor Jimmy Haley and Aldermen Everett Brock, Mike Neal, Steve Harvey, Kate Alsbrook and Ryle Chastain unanimously voted on second and final read to donate $30,000 to WCHS for the center. Vice Mayor Ben Newman was absent.
The city approved the donation at the request of Todd Herzog to help establish the training lab. According to Herzog, the start-up cost is $114,099. With the city’s donation of $30,000, the school will have everything it needs to add advanced robotics to its curriculum.
“We needed $115,000 as a minimum to place a robotics lab at the high school,” said Herzog to city Finance Committee members. “I’m requesting the city help us with $30,000. I realize that’s a lot of money but this is a very important project and it means a great deal to our future.”
Also pledging to donate were: Warren County School Board $50,000, Bridgestone $10,000, Miniature Precision Components $10,000, McMinnville Electric System $10,000, and Herzog family members $5,000.
Offering advanced robotics at the high school will go hand-in-hand with the advanced robotics training facility to be constructed at Motlow.