Williamson County seeks approval for schools' spending plan - WKRN News 2

Williamson County seeks approval for schools' spending plan

Posted: Updated: Nov 12, 2012 06:55 PM

While Williamson County Schools this month scored once again at the top in the state report card, the system is fighting for every penny to build new or repair aging existing facilities.

School officials hope the full Williamson County Commission on Tuesday approves a pared down capital spending plan after previously rejecting a request for various projects.

"They are [commission] saying they can't pay for it all in one big fell swoop, so we backed up, regrouped and came forward with a new plan that is pared down some," Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney said.

The Williamson County Board of Education met in special session on Saturday and amended the capital funding resolutions rejected by the education and budget committees of the county commission.

The board voted to reduce the spending by $5.3 million and request a total of $16.95 million to include construction of auditoriums at Fairview and Woodland middle schools and Brentwood and Centennial high schools.  It also includes HVAC and sprinkler work and additional classrooms at Brentwood Middle.

"You know when you buildings that are 30-40 years old, it takes money to keep them up, sometimes the heating and air conditioning needs to be replaced," Looney said.

School officials said the planning and architectural design for the new northeast high school and K-8 facility and repairs to the Independence and Ravenwood high school tracks were removed from the initial request of just over $28 million.

Looney also asked the board to support the rejection of a resolution of approximately $6 million for maintenance and technology in an effort to secure funding of the auditoriums.

School officials added there should be no delay in opening the northeast high school in 2015-16.  The board also passed a resolution for $1.5 million for design and planning of the high school with the funds taken from fund balance when it becomes available after the 2013-14 budget process.

The next regular meeting of the WCBE will be Monday, November 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the administrative complex.

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