County looks to cover Daniel Boone school roofing costs

Robert Houk • Jan 10, 2020 at 12:00 AM

The Washington County Board of Education discussed its options Thursday to pay for a $2.6 million roof replacement at Daniel Boone High School.

The roof replacement is on the school board’s five-year capital plan, but has not been funded by the County Commission. 

County Director of Schools Bill Flanary said one means for paying for the Daniel Boone project can be found in to the interlocal agreement recently signed with the town of Jonesborough and Washington County for the new Jonesborough K-8 school.

That project calls for the county school system to sell surplus property, such as Midway, Asbury, the old Boones Creek Middle School and the grassy area in front of Jonesborough Elementary School.

He said the proceeds from those transactions would be applied to meeting other school capital needs, such as the Daniel Boone roofing project. 

Flanary and Brad Hale, the school system’s finance director, appeared before the county’s Health, Eduction and Welfare Committee earlier in the day to discuss mid-fiscal year amendments to the school system’s budget.

The director of schools said many of those amendments required “no new money from the county,” but told commissioners he could not say the same for the Daniel Boone roof replacement.

Flanary said the project has been delayed for two years, and the need to replace the roof has reached a critical point.

“Water is coming into the building now,” he told the HEW committee.

Members of the committee said they preferred to discuss the roofing project at their meeting in February.

“I realize it’s a substantial amount of money,” Flanary said.

He also noted the school board hopes to set an asking price for the old Boones Creek Middle School property by the end of this month.

Flanary told school board members the HEW committee has asked to see an updated capital needs projects list from the school system. The board voted to send a revised priority list to county commissioners, but board member Todd Ganger said that another urgent need “could pop up and we would have to put it on the list.”

Board members also said they were reluctant to approve a new roof for the old Boones Creek Elementary School, as listed among its capital needs, if the building is turned over to the state for a Tennessee College of Applied Technology campus.




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