Erwin Montessori, Hampton and Peeler Open elementary schools have been closed since an
"That doesn't come close to covering the construction costs of a school," he said. "It will certainly provide us with the money to get started on the project very soon as opposed to waiting on a bond issue."
The renaming of Peeler is an effort to honor
McCully said a decision about what to do with
That is expected to come up in the coming months as school officials work on a master plan before presenting a bond proposal to the county.
If the commissioners approve of the plan, the bond would be placed on the
In addition to making provisions for the tornado-damaged schools, the bond would address facilities issues revealed as part of a recent facilities study conducted by MGT Consulting Group for the
The study recommended about
Neither of the three schools affected by the tornado scored well in the study.
Hampton received an overall score of 52 percent and the lowest possible rating of unsatisfactory, while
McCully said that as part of developing the master plan, school officials will consider repurposing or closing some schools and reconsider current attendance boundaries.
McCully said the district is happy with the settlement it received from
After a fire destroyed
"As a result of the lack of coverage for that particular event, we have changed our insurance coverage to hopefully mitigate any losses," he said.
Still, McCully said more funding, probably from a bond, will be necessary to help build the new school and address other crumbling infrastructure in the district.
"We are going to need additional dollars from other funding sources to build a replacement school for Peeler. The settlement certainly doesn't build back any one school or all of them, and that wasn't the intent."
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