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Morgan has 17 school projects for '08

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

Spurred by a state bond issue, Morgan County Schools has 17 projects costing about $6 million on its capital outlay schedule for fiscal 2008.

The largest project is a $1.5 million air conditioner replacement at Brewer High School. Due to burgeoning enrollments, the plan calls for $750,000 additions of six classrooms each at Priceville and West Morgan elementary schools and Lacey's Spring. Danville-Neel Elementary will get a $500,000 four-classroom addition.

The top priority on the list is renovation at Lacey's Spring. The school's foundation has settled and the building has a crack in it. A contractor will use helical anchors to stabilize the building and fill the crack for $50,000.

Maintenance and Transportation Director Bruce Kimbrell said this isn't a safety issue right now, but the work needs to be done.

The school system has to spend $100,000 to install auxiliary generators for the sewer treatment plants at Danville and Brewer high schools and Cotaco School.

Kimbrell said a storm a few years ago shut off power to the plants. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management will not fine the school system if it corrects the problems.

Danville Middle School will get new bleachers for $40,000 because the current bleachers are old and a safety issue.

Falkville Elementary and Danville, Falkville and West Morgan high schools are in line to get roofing projects.

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