BOE Building Plan Grows

With early estimates of the Loudon County Board Of Education's adopted building plan around 30 million dollars, board members heard estimates far higher at Thursday's BOE meeting. Architects estimates now total nearly 48 million dollars. The thirty million dollar building plan would have required no tax increase.

According to director of schools, Wayne Honeycutt, the board was legally under contract with two different Architectural firms who were used in obtaining the estimates. The architects who were at the meeting were unable to explain why the cost to build the new schools was so much higher in Loudon County than similar buildings in the surrounding area.

The projections for the building program are as follows.

New k-12 school in Greenback $28,000,000.00
New Middle School in Loudon $13,495,000.00
New Cafeteria/office complex at Loudon Elementary $3,100,000.00
Cafeteria expansion at Philadelphia $1,360,500.00

The board also voted to hire a construction management firm to oversee the project.  That cost will be 3.95% of the cost of the project.

Director Honeycutt will present the building plan to the commission at Monday's workshop.