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City school board puts Indian Trail expansion at top of priority list

Madison Mathews • Oct 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

The Johnson City Board of Education re-prioritized its list of projects Monday night, adding an expansion at Indian Trail Intermediate School to the top of the list.

The board accepted a bid from Bracken and Associates, LLC, DBA, Travis Chatman Construction for $1.4 million for the Indian Trail expansion, which includes eight new classrooms to the school.

Final acceptance of the bid is up to the City Commission, and the item is on their agenda for Thursday’s meeting.

Board member Richard Manahan made a motion to ask the commission to fund the Indian Trail project, in addition to funding roofing projects at both South Side and Woodland elementaries.

The board is still waiting on the roof bids to come back.

Manahan’s motion unanimously passed before the board re-prioritized its list of needs.

The new list, totaling about $2.8 million in needs, is as follows:

n Indian Trail expansion

n Electrical needs, split appropriately between the school and Freedom Hall Civic Center

n Roofing projects at South Side and Woodland

n Wireless at Liberty Bell Middle School, Indian Trail, Fairmont, Towne Acres and Lake Ridge elementaries

n Canopy installation at the Science Hill Vocational/Technical Center and the new front entrance of the high school campus

The school board is hoping to fund the bulk of the list through city bond funds, which total about $2.3 million.

Another source of funding is available through remaining Washington County bond funds, which total a little more than $365,000.

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