The group discussed the state process for determining their rankings of school needs in our system, what the local schools view as their top priorities and the different options to available to fund school improvements.
The top priority for our school system was recommended to be the constuction of a new Coosa High School on the current site. The estimated cost of the new Coosa High facility is $32 million. The committee felt that high school facilities are a key element in attraction of new business and industry and therefore a new facility for Coosa should be the marquee project for the next five years. The group concluded that a new high school is important for the Coosa community and also vital for the economic development of our entire community.
Security upgrades were also important to our local school representatives. The project list will include: upgraded entrance security for elementary and middle schools, upgraded interior lighting, additional outside security lighting, upgrading of door hardware for improved locking security and security cameras in our schools.
Other key elements of the project list includes:
Significant upgrades at Pepperell Middle School of over $1.4 million
Air conditioning of school gyms at more than $4.1 million
System-wide technology at more than $2 million
After considering the options of funding these important projects for our schools and our community, the committee voted unanimously to encourage the board to seek a renewal of the education EdSPLOST this November. The members felt this was far and away the most efficient and fair way for these needed projects to be completed.
Tony McIntosh, a parent representative on the Local School Governance Team at Coosa High School presented the committee's recommendations to the Floyd County Board of Education at the June meeting of the board.