School board allocates $2 million to continue the new Findlay project

By | November 13, 2017 6:07 am

School board members carefully review the November agenda as they proceed with making decisions about the new Findlay Elementary school project. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

The White County Board of Education continues to move forward with the new Findlay Elementary School, as the board approved the transfer of $2 million, on Nov. 9, to cover upcoming architect and construction expenses.

Several months ago, White County director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger, announced the school system plans to construct a new elementary school to replace the existing Findlay Elementary.

The present Findlay Elementary School, at 576 Hale St., was built in 1966 and hasn’t had any significant modifications or remodels in approximately 30 years. The school board, with help from engineers, discussed their best option for Findlay. It was decided that constructing a new facility would be more cost effective.

The new 70,000-square-foot Findlay Elementary will be built on land adjacent to the existing school on Hale Street. This new state-of-the-art facility would not only replace an outdated building but would also give the school system room for growth.

The school system and the county plan to issue debt service bonds to cover the cost of the Findlay project, as well as the proposed athletic complex that will be built on the White County Middle School property. However, until the bonds are issued, the school system reportedly needed to transfer approximately $2 million from the general purpose school fund into the education capital projects fund.

Approximately $750,000 will go toward the architect expenses, and the remaining $1.25 million will go toward construction costs. The school system will be reimbursed the $2 million after the new bonds have been issued for this project. The cost of the project is estimated between $8 million and $10 million.

The board voted unanimously to approve the transfer of project funds.

In other business, the board:

-Approved two volunteer coaches, Allison Quillen for Findlay basketball and Claudia Steele for White County High School archery.

-Discussed merging the middle school and high school athletic director positions into one position

-Discussed the recent improvements made at the White County High School gym, which includes new paint, sound system upgrades, and various other improvements

– Heard reports from the various board committees

The White County Board of Education will hold its next meeting at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 14, at Cassville Elementary School.

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