Mayor Alexander: City Council expected to approve new T.A. Dugger project

John Thompson • Jan 23, 2020 at 9:32 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A new capital project for T.A. Dugger Junior High School appears to be much more certain after a workshop meeting between the Elizabethton City Council and the Elizabethton Board of Education on Tuesday afternoon.

“We had a good talk and there is a need,” Elizabethton Mayor Curt Alexander said Wednesday. He said the main project would be the replacement of the old roof on the entire building. He said other projects would bring the school into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Alexander said he thought the council will move quickly on the projects, approving them at February’s council meeting. He said that would save the city money, because the council is already preparing to borrow funds through a bond issue to finance the conversion of the old Ritchie Furniture Warehouse into an expansion of the Elizabethton Police Department.

“If we do both the police department project and the T.A. Dugger project on the same bond issue, that would save the city one set of fees and costs for one bond issue,” Alexander said.

Alexander said there is currently enough additional funds in the half-cent local option sales tax dedicated school capital projects to fund over $1 million in new bonds.

The Board of Education has long hoped to see a bigger project for T.A. Dugger, including additional classrooms. That project continues to be a future building plan for the school system.

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