Board approves new capital improvement plan, calls for new career tech center,
By Doug Sanders Jr.
Editor and Publisher
The Pickens County Board of Education approved a new capital improvement plan
last Monday night which calls for a major computer infrastructure upgrade, a
new Pickens County Career Technical Center at the site of the old Carrollton
Unit School, and adding a gymnatorium at all of the high schools.
Superintendent of Education Jamie Chapman said the Capital Improvements
Committee, whose members are appointed by the Board, met recently and came up
with a plan that is a little different from the last. The new plan now takes
into account funds the Board will receive from the recently passed additional
one-cent sales tax for education.
Chapman said the committee pushed the new Career Tech Center in Carrollton to
the 2015-2016 school year because the Board told him the first thing they
wanted to do with the revenue from the new sales tax was to put back enough
money to have a one-month operating fund reserve as mandated by the state.
The capital plan lists 17 projects, 10 of those to occur in the 2014-2015 school
year. Those 10 items are:
1. Improve the computer infrastructure of the school system for $700,000 (using
money from the state plus leveraging some of the money from the new sales tax);
2. Demolish the old Carrollton School building for $100,000.
3. Improve the safety and security at all schools (such as fencing, buzz-in
doors, partitions); no specific amount was mentioned.
4. New social studies textbooks for all schools for $150,000.
5. Renovate all high school gym dressing rooms and restrooms for $150,000.
6. Replace the roofs of the Aliceville Elementary School/Aliceville Middle
School cafeteria and media center for $50,000.
7. Paint the gym at AES for $15,000.
8. Correct drainage problems and a paving project at Pickens County High School
9. Acquire land for Gordo Elementary School (through a grant and local funds)
10. Upgrade the HVAC at Reform Elementary School for $40,000.
The next project, which was listed as number 11 for the 2015-2016 school year,
is the most expensive--$8 to $10 million for a new Pickens County Career
Technical Center in Carrollton.
Also planned for 2015-2016 are: replace the ceiling tile and paint classrooms at
AMS for $50,000; renovate all restrooms in the main buildings of Reform and
Gordo schools and AHS for $150,000; replace ceiling tile and paint classrooms
of the main building at RES for $80,000; replace roofs at RES for $200,000; and
expand kitchen area at GES/GHS for $100,000.
Another major expense planned for the 2015-2016 school year is the construction
of a gymnatorium at all three high schools for $6 million, to be paid by the
new education sales tax.
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