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County school renovation plans revealed

Published 9:53am Wednesday, June 12, 2013

During Monday’s Tallapoosa County School Board meeting, members discussed a long-term vision for an upgrade to the school system’s facilities.

Tallapoosa County Superintendent Joe Windle presented the board with a study of the building needs for Tallapoosa County Schools during the meeting.

Windle said the plan was conducted as a long-term look at what the school system needs in order to provide quality facilities for its students.

“This plan was put together by McKee and Associates Architecture and Interior Design, who went to each campus with me and spent hours with the principals, coaches, band directors and put together a proposed plan that over ten years would see upgrades to our facilities,” Windle said. “I’m not asking for any decision on it this evening, but it is in keeping with our vision of creating a school system that’s truly worthy of our children. That is excellence in academics, excellence in facilities, excellence in technology and excellence in extracurricular activities.”

In the study, McKee and Associates Architecture and Interior Design estimates the total costs to upgrade each of the four county schools is about $11,111,382, which includes $1.6 million in upgrades at Reeltown Elementary School, $4.1 million in upgrades at Reeltown High School, $4.4 million at Dadeville High School and $891,000 in upgrades at Horseshoe Bend High School.

Renovations to Reeltown Elementary would include work being done to the school’s cafeteria, gym, front building and old WPA building, which also includes re-roofing to each building. The study also calls for renovations to the Reeltown High School softball field, baseball stadium and football stadium.

The plan would also include a new 800-seat gym at Reeltown High School estimated at $2.5 million and a new band room and connector corridor to the gym at the high school estimated at $840,000.

For Dadeville High School, the plan includes a new fieldhouse at about $500,000 as well as a new eight-lane track at about $250,000, among other upgrades.

Horseshoe Bend School upgrades in the plan include renovations to the main gym, school kitchen, elementary gym and football stadium press box.

Windle asked that the board review the plan over the next month for a discussion at or prior to the next board meeting on July 8.

He said the upgrades aim to enhance the system in a number of areas and that the process of determining revenue streams to the fund the plan should begin.

“This will also become the basis for our capital improvement because of the things that need to be included,” Windle said. “We may not be able to do it in a certain year, but these are the things that should be included in our capital improvement plan. We need to think about ways to generate the revenue to do these things.”