KINGSPORT — City school officials got good financial news Thursday night, and it means two or three additional teachers can be hired for the 2014-15 school year.
However, the Board of Education also learned that a more than $300,000 repair of a rusty, metal hip roof at Sevier Middle School will not address long-term leaks in a membrane-covered, nearly flat roof portion of the school.
Superintendent Lyle Ailshie told the board that the "July final" BEP, or Basic Education Program, numbers from Tennessee came in Wednesday afternoon and were about $107,000 higher than the June estimate, which in turn was $68,000 over the May estimate.
That gives the system $175,000 more that wasn't counted on in the recently approved 2014-15 school budget because officials could not be certain the $68,000 wouldn't be taken away. So instead of adding 10.75 teaching positions, the system may be able to have an additional two or three more — 12.75 or 13.75, Ailshie said.
"We should be able to take care of our teaching needs," he said. "Any money we can get is going to have to go to teaching positions."
As for the Sevier roof issue, the board voted 4-0 with one absent to approve spending $320,317 with low bidder Brazos Urethane Inc. of Newnan, Ga., to sand, clean and recoat rusty green metal roofing at the school, plus $19,600 in architect fees, $3,600 in third-party film thickness measurements and $19,220 in contingency fees, making for a total of $362,737.
In other capital project voting, the board approved spending $68,089 with low bidder Winegar Construction Co. to split Room 205 at Robinson into four classrooms, plus $5,000 in architectural fees and a contingency of $4,085 for a total of $77,174.
It also approved spending $119,750 with low bidder Davis Brothers Roofing for a partial reroofing of Lincoln Elementary, plus $8,000 in architect fees and $7,185 in contingencies for a total of $134,935.
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