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Kennedy Elementary breaks ground on new playground

Rick Wagner • May 13, 2019 at 5:51 PM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport City Schools and city officials gathered with students, school officials and others Thursday afternoon to break ground on the new Kennedy Elementary School playground in Lynn Garden. 

The project will cost $348,700, including $45,210 raised at the school for the project and the rest coming from the school system. A ribbon cutting is to be held in early August, Principal Janice Irvin said.

The Board of Education in a called meeting Feb. 26 voted 5-0 to approve $348,700 for the Kennedy project to be installed by Armstrong Construction Company Inc., including a base bid of $217,700, three alternates. architect fees and a 6 percent contingency. The board had approved the matter at its regular meeting earlier that month to get more cost versus potential savings estimates on a “poured-in-place” type service for some areas rather than mulch, the later of which will be used. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the project at its March 5 meeting.

The school system funding breaks a longstanding tradition of the system not funding playgrounds, a decision the school board reached after a retreat last year.

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