By Ashley Rader
With a 4-1 vote, the Elizabethton Board of Education set the stage Tuesday night for a new stadium, music room and classroom conversion of the old band and choral space on the Elizabethton High School campus.
The vote formally approved a capital projects recommendation for EHS.
Part of the motion for the plan recommended by the Capital Projects Committee is that the stadium’s cost not exceed $3.5 million of the $5 million bond, and that the remaining $1.5 million of the bond be used for the music room and classrooms.
New classroom additions at T.A. Dugger Junior High School will be revisited in three to five years when more bond money should be available.
Board member Catherine Armstrong cast the only vote against the capital plans shortly after fellow board member Grover May called for a unanimous vote on the matter from the board.
“I would like to see us be unanimous on this,” May said. “This is a historic vote for us and for the city. We have hashed out all the details and there is no other way to do this.”
Before the vote was taken, Armstrong explained her reservations with the capital committee’s recommendation. She said she would like to see a number of new projects built for the city schools but that she could not see the three additions being done as laid out by the committee.
“I can’t see the projects happening according to the recommendation,” Armstrong said. “It is not realistic.”
She said both of the projects had an estimated cost higher than the spending limit that was set in the recommendation. The stadium had an estimate of $4.5 million and the music room/classrooms had an estimate of $1.75 million.