School board discusses two major construction projects

Published 4:46 pm Thursday, April 10, 2008

By Staff
Adjourns without action
Senior Reporter
With budget season looming, members Beaufort County Board of Education discussed Tuesday night the funding of two projects together totaling about $1 million.
However, the fiscal year 2008-2009 budget recommended by Superintendent Jeff Moss includes only enough funding to cover one of the two projects.
The 2008-2009 Beaufort County Schools capital outlay budget is for $1,723,066. It is earmarked for the system’s 13 schools, the central office and for plant, transportation and system needs for the schools.
The board met Tuesday night at Northeast Elementary School to discuss one of the proposed projects: Construction of a metal building at John Cotten Tayloe Elementary School in Washington. The building would contain a media center, two classrooms and two bathrooms.
The other project concerns the replacement of the hot-water piping at Washington High School.
If the hot water system fails at Washington High School during winter while school is in session, it is projected that the school would have to close for three to four weeks.
Board member John White said he did not think the board could take the chance of not overhauling the system at Washington High School.
During discussion of the two projects, board member Cindy Winstead said she was concerned about where extra classroom space is needed first.
Eastern Elementary School was the focus of Winstead’s statement. In the budget, two new classrooms are requested by the principal at Eastern Elementary School to replace a modular unit there.
Board member Teressa Banks agreed.
They asked Moss to bring a breakdown detailing numbers of students, needed classroom space and numbers of teachers at each school to the board’s budget meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. April 23.
The board adjourned with no action Tuesday night.