JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Campbell County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a $4 million bond issue to fund roof and heating & air replacements at a number of county schools.The resolution would require the school board to provide one-half of the $480,000 annual cost from the school debt service fund with the county commission approving the other half from the county general debt service fund.

The bond will be paid off in ten years, by June 30, 2030, if the commission approves the measure as expected next Monday.

The capital projects that will be funded by the bond include $1,164,569 to replace the roof and HVAC system at Jellico High School, $797,298 to replace HVAC systems at Campbell County High along with roof repairs, roof and HVAC projects at Wynn Elementary ($519,000), Jellico Elementary ($436,325), LaFollette Middle School ($398,547), Jacksboro Middle School ($207,282) and smaller projects at Caryville, Jacksboro and Valley View along with the school maintenance building.

The costs of the projects are based on estimates provided by TRANE and Dixie Roofing, while actual costs may vary when the projects are bid out.

The board also approved several budget amendments including one that will increase the payment to bus owners by ten cents per mile, at an annual increase of $37,000.

The board also voted to approve mandatory meetings between high school and middle school basketball and football coaches with the purpose “to align coaching philosophies and strategies.”

Director Jennifer Fields reported that the annual audit of the food services program resulted in a “good audit with no mandatory findings,” adding that is normal for food services. Faye Comer later added that audits of school activity funds at nine schools were “perfect.”  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/14/2019-6AM)