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Carter board OKs school work using tax funds

August 19th, 2011 8:41 am by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — Some of the additional revenue coming to the Carter County School System from the increase in the local option sales tax will have immediate benefits for two schools.
The school board unanimously approved two bids during its meeting Thursday. The first low bid was from Elizabethton paving company CAPS to pave a lower parking lot at Cloudland High School. The low bid was $76,590.
The second project was window replacements for Little Milligan Elementary School, at a cost of $92,484. The low bidder was Keller Glass.
The funds are coming from a half-cent increase in the local option sales tax approved by voters in 2010.
The board also approved the continuation of an agreement that allows the county’s Highway Department to store equipment, supplies and material in the former school bus garage property adjacent to the Doe River. The property has limited usefulness for the school system because it is in a flood zone.
On the consent agenda, the board approved a new salary scale for the support staff at the Central Office, approved Head Start’s policy and procedures and approved a course change at Happy Valley High School from auto computer-aided design to criminal justice.
The board also recognized students who had outstanding results in state and national competitions.
Cassidy Potter, Kali MacRae and Richie Winters were state champions of the 4-H Wildlife Judging Competition. They were joined by Jennie Clark and finished fourth in a national competition in Arkansas. Winters was fifth in the nation in individual competition.
The board also recognized Joshua Hubbard for finishing fourth in the state in shot-put competition.

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