School needs OK’d by group
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Feb 20, 2013 | 780 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bradley County Education Committee voted Tuesday to support constructing a new academic building at Lake Forest Middle School and a request for additional technology funding for Bradley County Schools.

The projects were presented as the Bradley County Board of Education’s top priorities for capital projects in the upcoming budget cycle. Education chairman J. Adam Lowe said to borrow the money needed to fund both projects would require $2 million of funding annually.

Committee member Jeff Morelock made a motion to support the project at Lake Forest and ask the finance committee to find the needed money.

The new academic building at LFMS is estimated to cost $12 million.

“It is time for us to act,” said committee member Connie Wilson.

Wilson said needed changes at Lake Forest have been discussed for years.

Lowe asked the school system to provide any information on what money could be saved through energy and maintenance costs if LFMS had a new academic building. School board chairman Charlie Rose said the energy costs would be great because several doors would be eliminated. Right now, LFMS has several pod-like buildings. Consolidating these buildings into a new academic building would mean a newer, more efficient building and less traffic from outside to inside.

Committee member Bill Winters made a motion to support the technology upgrades and ask the finance committee find the money needed.

He said as the school system moves to online testing, updated equipment will be needed.

The school system is requesting $750,000 in increased annual funding to provide for technology updates. Bradley County Schools Director Johnny McDaniel said this money would allow the school system to eventually get to a point where none of the schools’ computers are more than 5 years old. The school system recently replaced 10-year-old computers.

The finance committee will review the recommendations at a later date.