BOE eyeing next step for T.A. Dugger improvements

Published 4:18 pm Thursday, November 9, 2017

The next phase is around the bend for T.A. Dugger Junior High.
Elizabethton City Schools Board of Education will meet Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. inside Central Office to address a variety of topics, including taking the next step for renovations at the middle school.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the board will look at approving a contract with Thomas Weems Architect for schematic design master planning services totaling $35,000.
According to documents provided by Central Office, the scope of services offered by Thomas Weems Architect includes presentation drawings — a schematic site plan, building plans, sections, elevations and rendering of the expansion project and a construction cost to begin the project.
Renovations at TAD have been underway since last year. The school system was able to demolish the grandstands at Brown Childress Stadium before the start of the school year to prepare for expansion.
The freed space will allow TAD to tack on a two-story, eight-classroom addition, which is reportedly geared to address a growing need for STEM classrooms, additional restrooms and help the school bolster handicap accessibility.
School officials will also vote on a contract with Advanced Imaging Systems to provide document management scanning at Elizabethton High School worth $28,5000. According to the project summary, the new scanning system would provide better security for students’ records, including a disaster recovery plan in case records are destroyed by fire, floods or other events. The new system is also expected to be a cost-saving measure compared to current methods.
In other business, the BOE will recognize ECS 2017-18 Teachers of the Year: Beth Stevens, Kip Anderson and Joe Diaz. Officials will also recognize ECS teachers recommended for tenure and release a report of school activities at EHS from principal Josh Boatman.

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