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County education committee approves big price tag for school projects

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Williamson County Schools Superintendent Jason Golden

The Williamson County Board of Commissioners Education Committee approved over $37 million in funding for various capital projects for Williamson County Schools on Thursday.

During the first quarter of every year, the Williamson County Schools Board of Education requests approval from the county commission for the intent to fund all the projects designated for that year within the school district’s five-year capital plan. This year, one major focus was land acquisition.

The district asked the county for $11.25 million to put towards land for two future elementary schools and a future high school. Additionally, it requested $2.25 million for land on which to build a central office building. Currently, the WCS administrative staff operates on the second floor of the Williamson County Administrative Complex, which it is outgrowing.

While the education committee approved the request for school land, it deferred the request for the central office land purchase to the commission’s May meeting, hoping to find out between now and then if a central office building can be placed on existing county land.

The committee also approved $16 million for additions to Ravenwood and Summit high schools, which would increase each school’s capacity by 400 people, and $2 million each for building design work on a replacement building at Brentwood Middle School and a middle school in the eastern portion of the county.

A request for $3.6 million was approved for synthetic turf installations at the Ravenwood, Centennial and Fairview high school football fields along with about $6 million for routine asphalt, roof and wastewater plant maintenance.

Finally, the committee approved additional funds to supplement the state’s one-time bonus for teachers and school nurses, providing $450 bonuses for all full-time school staff members and proportional amounts for part-time employees.

These items will go before the commission’s budget committee on Monday at 4:30 p.m. and the full commission on Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m. for final approval.

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