Board approves seeking state funds for school renovations, upgrades
THS floors, West Point Elementary roof part of planned projects
by Matthew Strother News editor
The Board of Education on Thursday approved applying for state capital outlay funding for several school improvement projects, including floor upgrades at Troup High School, re-roofing at West Point Elementary and cafeteria equipment upgrades at Hillcrest and Rosemont elementary schools.
A list of capital outlay projects the board approved applying for includes $965,155 for THS, $278,876 for West Point and $69,939 each for Hillcrest and Rosemont.
“At Troup High we’re looking at doing some major upgrades to the flooring,” school system CFO Byron Jones told the Board of Education at its Monday caucus meeting. “I believe that flooring’s been in that school since I was there in the ’80s.”
Jones said that the proposed $965,155 is the money the school system is eligible to get from the state for total planned renovations at THS, not the total cost of just replacing floors. Additional funds past the planned floor upgrades would be allocated to projects at THS in a five-year facility plan the board approved earlier this year.
With the re-roofing at West Point Elementary, the eligible state funds would cover about 90 percent of the estimated cost of the project. Jones said the school system is asking for the state funds for reimbursement rather than leaving the project “on the table” or paying for the full amount out of special-purpose, local-option sales tax funds.
The state funds for cafeterias at Rosemont and Hillcrest would seek reimbursement for new kitchen equipment. The funds would not be used toward any modifications of the cafeterias.
Jones said the school system would need to look in spring on whether to move forward on the projects, and if there are matching funds available in SPLOST funds for the projects if the school system needs to front the money and be reimbursed by the state.
With the board’s approval Thursday, Superintendent Cole Pugh has the authority to sign off on any of the projects before they begin.
In other business, the board on Thursday approved:
•Paying $40,425 to West Georgia RESA for the Youth Apprenticeship Program Contract. The contract will continue the school system’s services as a member of a consortia among Troup, Heard and Meriwether counties to employ the services of Dave Lewis to supervise its Youth Apprenticeship Work Based Learning Program.
•Paying $79,112.80 to Edgenuity for the 2013-2014 subscription renewal for e2020, which is an online instructional tool used for credit recovery at Troup, LaGrange and Callaway high schools and HOPE Academy for part of their regular instructional curriculum.
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