Planning Commission calls meeting to talk about EHS building project
Published 9:59 am Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The second phase of building improvements at Elizabethton High School will be brought before the Elizabethton Regional Planning Commission Thursday night.
During a special called meeting at 6 p.m., planning commissioners will consider the plans for the new band/music room and classroom renovations at EHS.
Elizabethton City Schools Assistant Superintendent Richard VanHuss said the construction of the band/music room would complete the projects at EHS that were covered by the latest $5 million bond. The first portion of the project was the start of construction on the school’s new stadium.
The plans call for a new music/band room to be built on the west side of the campus near the existing band room.
The current band room will be renovated into four classrooms and an additional practice or storage space. The new construction will include a music room for chorus and band practices and an ensemble room for smaller group practice sessions. The new space will also have two office, a music library and work area and additional storage.
VanHuss said the new space would be more practical, especially for the band students as they move their instruments for practices or performances.
“There will be a large storage area for the instruments with a roll-up door that the truck can back right up to,” VanHuss said. “That will make moving instruments in and out much easier. It will be light years from where they are now.”
If the plans are approved by the commission, VanHuss said the system will then be able to move forward, similar to how the stadium project was carried out.
He said the construction manager GoinsRashCain would put the project out for bids. After bids were opened, the cost would be approved by the Elizabethton Board of Education and then work could start on the new band/music room.
“Hopefully, we will start work in March,” VanHuss said.