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School CIP gets $250,000

November 15, 2000

School CIP gets $250,000



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer


The Washington County Board of Education will receive an extra $250,000 for its $4.5 million fiscal year 2002 Capital Improvement Plan, thanks to a decision made Tuesday by County Commissioners.

Dennis McGee, director of facilities management for the Board of Education, made the request, saying the money would be needed for architectural plans for renovations to Salem Avenue Elementary School.

That came after the Public School Construction Program told the school system it could lose out on additional state, federal or local funds for further construction if it did not have a project "on the books."

The increase does not guarantee the school system will receive construction money. McGee said there's no funding now in the Capital Improvement Plan to carry out renovations to Salem Avenue Elementary in 2003.

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"We may end up doing the drawings and sitting on the project until money becomes available," he said. "As of this time, I don't have any funds in 2003 to go forward with construction."

The School Board plans to eventually renovate Salem Avenue Elementary, a job that will include increasing the state-rated enrollment capacity from 389 to about 630 students. Plans also call for adding more classrooms, building a gym and installing air conditioning, fire alarms and water sprinklers. The four portable classrooms in use now would also be removed.

"People are taught in the lunchroom, people are taught on the stage, people are taught in a mechanical room," McGee said. "You go over there and that place is mobbed."

He said now the cafeteria also serves as a gym, which limits physical education activities for students.

The additional money increases the Capital Improvement Plan to $4.7 million.

"It was very generous of the commissioners," McGee said.

He said the School Board must seek state approval by Dec. 7 to be eligible for additional funding.

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