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School board addresses needed facelifts at schools

Taking the first step in addressing priority facilities needs, the Washington County Board of Education awarded the contract for the re-roofing of Sulphur Springs School Elementary during its April 7 meeting.
Bernard Roofing in Gray will handle the project based on its low bid of $329,931.
“I think it is awesome we can give the bid to a company in Washington County, said board member Clarence Mabe.
According to School Board Chairman Phillip McLain, reserve funds will be used to cover the cost.
Bernard will start removing the current roof on the last day of school, with the goal of completing the installation before the students return for the fall semester.
A list of facilities needs that have been divided into three categories of descending priority was distributed during the meeting.
The four projects deemed high priority are replacing the windows in the Central Office and installing a new metal roof at a projected cost of $100,000; studying renovations at Jonesborough Elementary and Boones Creek Elementary schools, to include but not limited to paint, floor covering, doors, hardware, heating-ventilating-air-conditioning controls, ceiling and lighting; replacing doors and hardware at Gray School at a projected cost of $231,000; and replacing the sewer treatment plant at David Crockett High School.
Projects in the medium-priority category are paving at West View at a projected cost of $100,000; HVAC at West View at a projected cost of $2-3 million; security at Daniel Boone and David Crockett high schools; studying the replacement or renovation of Boones Creek Middle School; and plumbing at both high schools.
Assigned low priority status are lockers at Jonesborough Middle School; football stadiums at both high schools; cross country at David Crockett High School; and land purchase for unidentified use.
Costs will be covered with budget funds or capital outlays.