ECS committee looks to stretch dollar for school projects

10:00 am | September 27, 2013

A $5 million bond funded by sales tax revenues is not enough to cover the costs of the three capital projects the Elizabethton City Schools would like to see completed.

Photo by Brandon HicksArchitect Tom Weems discusses the planning process for the Elizabethton City Schools’ capital needs.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Architect Tom Weems discusses the planning process for the Elizabethton City Schools’ capital needs.

The ECS Capital Projects Committee met Thursday afternoon to discuss the costs associated with the new athletic complex, band/music room and classrooms at Elizabethton High School and new classrooms at T.A. Dugger Junior High School.

Initial estimates for the projects were $3.5 million for the athletic complex, which does not include a fieldhouse or changes to the baseball field; $1.7 million for the band/music room and classroom renovations at EHS and $1.7 million for the TAD classrooms. Committee chair Phil Isaacs said while the board wanted to do all three projects at once, it could not be done with the funding they had gotten with the $5 million bond.

“We have to take a look at the projects and see what is feasible with the funding we have,” he said. “I know funding is a big constraint with what we do and don’t do.”

Architect Tom Weems said the school board should consider which projects would stay the closest to the estimated budget.

“You don’t want to pick one project and it go over and then there not be enough to do a second,” he said. “If you look at what would stay in budget, T.A. Dugger holds the most risk to be a budget buster. There are so many unknowns about what you will find in there. You need to hear the truth so you can make the decisions that will be most beneficial.”

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