In May, before county voters approved the levy renewal, Maintenance Director Terry Hollandsworth had 10 employees working almost every day on heating and cooling problems. At the time, he said there was a priority list for how to use the additional money, and East Bank Middle was near the top of that list.
Wilson said the $5.4 million devoted to renovating East Bank Middle is coming from excess levy funds. The school system has an agreement with Johnson Controls to help fund the projects up front, so the school system can start the projects before the new levy starts in 2014. Johnson Controls has provided some help on this project, Wilson said.
In addition to the air conditioning upgrade, the school itself is getting a facelift. New toilets, lockers and tile floors in the hallways are planned. A redesigned entryway will create a commons area for students, Wilson said.
"It's going to be a more modernized East Bank Middle School," Wilkinson said.
The county school board is scheduled to approve bids for the renovation work at its meeting this evening. Wilson said bid prices came in as expected.
Even if the contracts are approved today, Wilson said the new equipment won't come in until this winter. He expected some work to be done by the spring and the entire project completed by the start of next year.