Boones Creek school construction nearing the end

Robert Houk • Sep 26, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Work on a new $25 million K-8 school in Boones Creek is now past the halfway point. Tony Street, the architect on the 141,000-square foot-project, told Washington County leaders Tuesday that construction is “slightly over 55 percent complete.”

Street delivered the news during a tour of the facility by members of the Washington County Board of Education and the County Commission.  William Burriss, who is managing the project for BurWil Construction, told local officials “the end is in sight.”

The construction is expected to wrap up in late May or early June 2019, giving the county school system more than a month to ready the facility for students in the new school year. With a capacity of more than 1,100 students, interim Schools Director Bill Flanary said the new school off Highland Church Road will have more than enough space to accommodate students from other schools.

He said that means BOE members will likely have some redistricting decisions to make in the coming months.

“There’s capacity to entice students from Ridgeview school to this incredible facility,” Flanary said.

The new Boones Creek school has six wings based on grade levels. Street told county officials the media center is a “neat space” that was designed to “take advantage of natural lighting.”

Aisling Hagan, a David Crockett High School student representative on the BOE, joined county officials on the tour of the new school. Hagan said she was envious of many of the new facility’s amenities.

“It’s really a nice school and will do a lot to help our students,” she said.

BOE member Phillip McLain said he was pleased to see county commissioners join him and his colleagues on the school tour. McLain said he hopes the two boards will forge a closer working relationship.

“We feel there is a need to bring them up to speed on the building projects,” he said.

BOE Chairman Keith Ervin said that is one of the reasons the two boards hope to hold a joint workshop on school construction, including the delayed Jonesborough project, very soon.

“That’s why we invited them (county commissioners) here today to see what we’ve got going,” Ervin said.

Greg Matherly, chairman of the County Commission, said earlier Tuesday he believed both boards would benefit from such a meeting.

“We’ve both got members who want to be better informed,” he said. “It’s very encouraging.”

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