Carter County Schools get ready for summer projects

John Thompson • May 13, 2015 at 1:00 AM

ELIZABETHTON — For the past few months, the telemedicine operation between the Carter County School System and eMD has been going well, even without a formal memorandum of understanding. That could soon change, as such a memorandum should be in place for school board approval this month.

The board got a look at the proposed memorandum during Monday’s workshop session. The board’s attorney, John Banks, mentioned a few points he was concerned with.

One was the memorandum’s suggestion that disagreements be resolved by binding arbitration instead of a court settlement. Banks noted that the suggested arbitrator was 500 miles away in Memphis.

“I wonder about that,” Banks said, adding that local courts have always been reliable.

In other matters, Maintenance Supervisor Phil Nave discussed several projects that should be approved in time for the summer vacation period. These include the renovations of three high school chemistry labs at Cloudland, Happy Valley and Hampton. He said bids will open today.

There is also a plan to replace bleachers at Happy Valley Middle School at a cost of $44,244. Funding would come from the Building Improvement line item, which currently has a balance of $58,810.

There are also several heating and cooling projects, which will be funded out of the Johnson Controls account. These include a new steam boiler for Unaka Elementary, at a cost of $29,050. Another project is to replace 10 packaged thermal air conditioners, at a cost of $6,389.

Another project is to replace 10 window air conditioners at a cost of $5,391. Finally, two heat pumps would be installed at Hampton High School, at a cost of $4,432.

The board also discussed plans to place security cameras in all school buses. Finance Director Ingrid Deloach said the county is currently taking bids on that project.

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