The Americans with Disabilities Act transition plan for the school system would be funded over 10 years and take up to 15 years to implement, while the approved calendar is for 2020-21.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen plans to purchase handicapped accessible playground equipment for Derrick Park, but the board postponed approval at its Sept. 17 meeting to take a closer look at its options.
Hawkins County is under a federal mandate to make all county facilities Americans with Disabilities Act complaint by 2023. It’s an expensive process, and projects are being completed individually as funding becomes available.
Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski says no for multiple reasons, but Board of Education member Mark Ireson maintains it is a major looming issue, one that could take available funding from the new county high school.
"If the transition plan and self evaluation plan plan aren't completed by the established dates, the county's state and federal funding for the highway department could be held.” — County Facilities manager Alana Roberts
On Monday the Budget Committee gave Director of Schools Steve Starnes a sneak preview of the questioning he can expect at Monday's County Commission meeting regarding a $437,000 elevator at Cherokee High School.