WISE — Of $2.5 million provided by the Wise County Board of Supervisors toward two high school construction projects, the Wise County School Board should be able to return $700,000 to supervisors.
As part of the county’s high school consolidation program merging six high schools into three, a new Union High School in Big Stone Gap and Central High School in Wise are nearly complete.
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are scheduled for January as the two new high schools welcome students and staffs into their respective new learning and teaching environments.
The $60 million consolidation program included the two new high schools, major renovations to the third — Eastside High School in Coeburn — and a new gym at Appalachia Elementary School.
Superintendent Jeff Perry told the school board Tuesday his administration is “confident” the $2.5 million supervisors provided as needed for the high school projects, with the understanding all or part be returned if not spent, should indeed see a return of at least $700,000 because projects are coming in under budget.
Perry said he and school division Finance Administrator Ron Vicars will approach supervisors Thursday to address the projected surplus and if it can be applied to other improvements at the two new high school sites. Additional exterior lighting at the two new high schools could be one possible application, Perry said.
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