Jacksonville BOE approves list of priority building projects
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
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JACKSONVILLE -- The Jacksonville school board on Monday approved a list of eight building projects that will take priority within the next five years.

Topping the list are the two new schools -- a middle school and an elementary school -- officials have been trying to secure funding for. The combined cost of the two new schools is $19.4 million.

“The purpose of this is so we know as a board what we’re looking at over a five year period,” Superintendent Jon Paul Campbell said. “If we did get an influx of funding, we would know what we’re going to do.”

The Alabama Department of Education requires each public school system in the state to maintain five-year capital plans and update them each year.

The board added one more item -- renovations to six pods at Kitty Stone Elementary School. That project, which is expected to cost more than $6 million, was on the list in past years, but it was removed as the system began planning to build a new elementary school.

“We don’t want to put very much money into a building that may not be there,” Campbell said.

Board members said it is unlikely that the school system will move forward with the renovations, but added that it should be included on the list because new school construction plans have not been finalized.

Other projects on the list include:

- Unspecified renovations at Kitty Stone Elementary School estimated at $120,000.

- Air-conditioning improvements and renovations at Jacksonville High School, which will cost about $600,000. The school, built in 1998, needs new doors and other improvements that help maintain aging buildings.

“When it starts getting close to 20 years old, that’s when you know you’re going to need routine maintenance,” Campbell said.

In other business, the board:

- Heard from members of the public accounting firm Richard, Harris, Ingram, and Bozeman, PC, who presented an audit report for 2011-2012. Lynne Bozeman, an accountant with the firm, said no financial management errors were discovered in the annual audit.

- Renewed building insurance and liability insurance for board members through Alabama Risk Management for Schools, but it was not able to renew liability insurance for teachers. The school system risk management organization previously provided liability insurance for schools but stopped earlier this year after the state created insurance liability coverage for teachers in case they are sued for something that happens at work, Campbell said.

Staff writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LJohnson_Star.

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