County Commission Gives Green Light For Architects To Be Selected For 4 School Projects; New Ganns/Falling Water School May Be Ready By August 2016

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The County Commission on Wednesday gave approval for four new school projects, setting the stage for architects to be selected to draw up the plans.

Gary Waters, who oversees county school facilities, said the target date for a new elementary school to open behind the present Ganns-Middle Valley Elementary School is August 2016. It will replace both that old school and the even-older Falling Water School.

There will also be additions at Nolan Elementary on Signal Mountain, Sale Creek School and Wolftever Elementary.

Mr. Waters said probably the first dirt to be turned will be at Nolan, which was designed for an expansion.

He said the Wolftever project will have a few more complications. Portables that house the entire student body of the middle school at Sale Creek will have to be moved because they are on the spot where the expansion will take place. The Sale Creek project will include a new cafeteria.

The decision was a disappointment to adherents of Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts, which was on the list of the six top projects but again did not receive funding. Parents at the school have been campaigning outside the County Courthouse.

Commissioner Joe Graham said the decision should not have been made to tear down the former David Brainerd School at the site of a new East Brainerd Elementary School. He said CSLA students should be moved to the David Brainerd site and East Brainerd Elementary use the current CSLA location, which parents have said is in a rundown condition.

County Mayor Coppinger said, “This was a good day for education.” 

The estimated cost of these four projects totals $48 million. County Mayor Coppinger said this brings the amount of money committed to schools in his three-year tenure to almost $100 million.

He reminded those in the crowded commission room, “We should be excited about the four projects we are doing.” He noted that all the school projects will be built without raising anyone’s property taxes. “We should be excited, we are moving forward and we will continue to build new schools,” he said.

He said Wednesday's vote did not spend any money. “This is simply a vote to select an architect to provide plans to build these projects. We will come before the commission again after the plans are drawn up to ask the commissioners to approve the funding to begin the building process.”

 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BELL, CARRIE LYNN  4277 SOCIAL ROW RD SPRINGFIELD, 45370  Age at Arrest: 34 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County VIOLATION OF PROBATION (BURGLARY) VIOLATION OF PROBATION (THEFT) VIOLATION OF PROBATION (AGGRAVATED BURGLARY) VIOLATION OF PROBATION (FORGERY) --- BOWMAN, JERISHA NISHELL  ... (click for more)

Dog Rescued From Trailer Fire At Dallas Bay

A neighbor helped rescue a dog from a trailer fire on Gann Road at Dallas Bay. No one was injured in the Wednesday blaze. The trailer was a total loss.   (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Two Catchers & ‘Shaq’

Kids whose parents are active members in the military were special guests of the New York Yankees when they played the Tampa Bay Rays in an exhibition game last Sunday in Tampa. The Yankees had even arranged for taped videos so some of the kids could watch with the rest of the crowd as their parents told how much they missed them on the Jumbotron. Both the kids and the fans ate ... (click for more)

Lindsey Leads Unbeaten Baylor Past Marion County

There are quite a few new names and faces in the lineup for Baylor’s softball team this spring, but the Lady Red Raiders are the two-time Division II state champs, so it’s more a case of reloading than rebuilding. It’s still early in the season and there’s a lot of key games coming up, but the Lady Raiders are clicking on all cylinders at this point and are now 8-0 following ... (click for more)

UTC Athletics Begins Search For New Men's Basketball Coach

The Chattanooga Mocs begin their search for the 20th head coach in the program’s proud history. The previous 19 combined for 1,281 wins, 16 NCAA Tournament appearances (11 as a DI program), one NCAA DI Sweet 16, 11 Southern Conference Regular Season titles, 11 SoCon Tourney crowns and the 1977 NCAA DII Championship.   Coach Matt McCall departs for UMass after two strong ... (click for more)