February 17th , 2014 9:03 am Leave a comment

City school officials primed to move forward with capital plans

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After years of planning – and months of waiting – the Elizabethton City School system is poised to move forward with the next phase of capital plans.

City Council approved the first reading of a budget amendment Thursday night that will transfer $6.3 million in bond proceeds to the school system, of which $5,007,000 will be available for the new stadium, music room and four classrooms at Elizabethton High School.

While the amendment will not be official until after the second reading in the March council meeting, school administrators are making preparations for the projects.

Superintendent Ed Alexander said the system has been planning for these projects for the past four years, so the system is ready to progress after the funding amendment receives final approval.

“We have been moving ahead with planning to start these projects under the belief this would eventually pass,” Alexander said. “We are ready to go.”

Assistant Superintendent Richard VanHuss said the only step the system will actually take before the budget amendment has passed its final reading is to work with architect Tom Weems to finalize all details on the project plans.

“The only thing now is moving forward on the preliminary work,” VanHuss said. “We will not be going forward with anything else until it has been completely approved. Then we will go ahead.”

Alexander said the selection of a construction manager is expected to come before the school board during the March board meeting, which will come after the council meeting where the amendment will be up for final approval.

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