2015-06-12 / Local News

Trustee questions priorities

Ledger Staff Writer

School trustee Tracy Moore is concerned school safety issues are not a high enough priority in school renovations that are being done this summer.

The school board approved $1,090,600 capital project budget Monday to address equipment and maintenance needs in county schools. The extensive list includes new classroom furniture, playground equipment, an activity bus and replacement of school intercom systems.

Trustees took up the capital project budget as part of its approval of this year’s spending plans.

In addition to this year’s capital projects, the school district will spend $450,000 on renovation work at Alma, Blacksburg, Goucher, Luther Vaughan and Limestone-Central elementary schools. The district has designated $200,000 for renovations at Blacksburg Primary.

“This is my frustration. We have talked for months about the importance of safety and security issues in our schools,” Moore told trustees at Monday’s meeting. “This should be the top of our priority list before we get to some of these other items.”

This summer’s renovation work includes the replacement of awnings, windows, floor coverings, heating and air conditioning work, and new security entrances for schools. M.B. Kahn Construction is currently working on 13 bid packages for contractors to handle different renovation projects in schools.

The projects are funded from $23 million budgeted for school renovations through the district’s $60 million building program. Renovation work will be done in every school except for Ola Copeland Community Learning Center.

Architects from McMillan, Pazdan and Smith in Greenville are visiting county schools over the next two weeks to meet with principals and develop a priority list for renovation projects. Superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore said the school board has scheduled its next school building program workshop for June 29.

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