By Ashley Rader
Elizabethton Board of Education chair Rita Booher called for the public’s support for the system’s next round of capital projects.
The school board recently received a $5 million bond to build a new athletic complex, music room and classrooms at Elizabethton High School. The second phase of the project is set to include an addition at T.A. Dugger Junior High School for new classrooms, restrooms and accessibility improvements.
However, at the Elizabethton City Council meeting last Thursday, council members voted to defer a vote that would have given the school board access to the bond funds. Council members expressed concern that the next phase of funding for the TAD improvements might not be realized or that they believed the classrooms at TAD should be completed first instead of projects at EHS.
“If you are a parent, teacher, student or any citizens who feels like these projects need to be completed, please pick up the phone, send an email or visit council members and let them know you want to see these projects completed and completed soon,” Booher said. “I know that most people assumed these projects were going to happen, but well, here we are.”
Booher attended the council meeting with Superintendent Ed Alexander when council voted to defer the access to the funds. Booher said the deferral came as a surprise to her and Alexander.
“To be honest, after several days of trying to understand what they hope to accomplish by a delay, I am still at a loss,” she said.
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