The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 6, 2013

LCBOE approves $26.1M capitalization plan

Two-phase plan includes seven projects


kwest@athensnews-courier.com

— The Limestone County Board of Education unanimously approved a $26.1 million capital improvement plan during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

The plan features five projects totaling $13.6 million in the first phase, and two projects and a contingency fund for $12.5 million in the second phase. Both phases could be completed prior to the 2015-16 school year.

The board, which authorized Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk on Feb. 7 to explore the system’s options for a $25 million bond issue, listened to an owner-representation overview by Philip Russell and Leon Barkan of Volkert & Associates prior to approving the capital plan during the 90-minute board meeting Tuesday.

Board members could vote on Sisk’s recommendation to hire Volkert as construction manager for Limestone’s capital plan during the April 2 board meeting.

Phase I:

• $5.4 million to renovate Clements High School

• $4.2 million for a new gymnasium and classrooms at Ardmore High School

• $2 million to add 14 classrooms at Creekside Elementary School

• $1 million roof replacement at West Limestone High School

• $1 million for district-wide cabling and information technology improvements

Phase II:

• $10 million to build a new elementary school at West Limestone High School

• $1.5 million for new library and administrative suite to split grades K-5 and 6-12 at Tanner High School

• $1 million for project contingency fund