By MARINA WATERS
For the new Boones Creek School, it’ll be furniture. For Jonesborough Elementary, it’ll be a new roof.
At its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 7, Washington County’s Health, Education and Welfare Committee unanimously approved a motion to allocate $600,000 for furniture for the new Boones Creek School as well as a motion to reroof Jonesborough Elementary School for $1,100,000. Those resolutions will go on to the county’s next budget meeting set for Wednesday, March 13 at 9 a.m.
County Attorney Tom Seeley said the furniture amount for the new K-8 school is not a part of the cost for the Boones Creek School project and is yet to be approved by the county commission.
“The $600,000 has not been appropriated by the county commission so it has not been appropriated before,” Seeley said. “This is new money that was not previously appropriated by the county commission. This is in addition to (the money appropriated for the the BCS project.)”
As for Jonesborough Elementary, it’s all about keeping what — and who — is already in the school dry.
The $1,100,000 reroofing project would cover the entirety of the elementary school building. It does not include roof repairs or replacements at the Jonesborough Middle School building.
Commissioner Greg Matherly asked if the school system had already patched all they could on the elementary school building’s roof. The school system’s maintenance supervisor, Phillip Patrick, said that has been done for the past few years.
“I’ve been patching (JES) for over three years,” Patrick said. “An indication of how we are patching now: the last patch was 20-feet-by-20-feet. That’s substantial. So the board has decided it’s become an important issue.”
Commissioner and Committee Chairman Danny Edens asked how the reroofing would play into the “Scheme 6” design plan to renovate and add on to the current Jonesborough Middle School building to create a K-8 school. That plan is yet to be approved by the county’s budget committee.
Director of Schools Bill Flanary said the re-reroofing is separate from the design plan. Patrick added that no matter what happens with the design plan, the elementary school building would experience more damage without a roof replacement.
“We’ve got 80,000 square feet of that building and it will not be a good building if we don’t keep it dry regardless of what we use it for,” Patrick said. “We have to keep it dry. That is regardless of what happens with Scheme 6.”
The county’s budget committee will meet on Wednesday, March 13, at 9 a.m. in the first floor conference room at the courthouse located at 100 E Main St., Jonesborough.