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High school projects headline Wise County School Board agenda

December 7th, 2013 9:46 pm by Stephen Igo

High school projects headline Wise County School Board agenda

WISE — A light, pre-holidays agenda will wrap 2013 work for the Wise County School Board during its final regular session of the year beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the school division’s Education Center in Wise.

What should be the final update on high school projects headlines Tuesday’s agenda. The two new high schools — Union in Big Stone Gap and Central in Wise — are due to open in January following the school division’s annual winter break for Christmas and New Year’s.

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the two new high schools have already been scheduled. The Union High School ribbon cutting is set for 5 p.m. on Jan. 6 and ceremonies for Central at 5 p.m. on Jan. 8. An open house at both new facilities will follow formal ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

The school division will also announce an intention on Tuesday to begin demolition of the old Union High School — the former Powell Valley High — in January unless board members object to those plans.

For several months the board has been advised of the potential of the two high school projects coming in under budget. The potential surplus has been projected at between $500,000 to over $1 million, but details won’t be determined until at least Dec. 12. On Tuesday Schools Superintendent Jeff Perry is expected to update the board on the surplus and provide a summary of the projects’ budget to date and options for use of any surplus funds.

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