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Hamilton County can afford only 3 new school projects, says Coppinger

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (Times Free Press) -

Hamilton County has enough money to complete three of six proposed new school projects, but Mayor Jim Coppinger won't say how much the county has to work with or what three schools should be built.

Instead, at the request of commission Chairman Fred Skillern, Coppinger will meet with commissioners privately to discuss the projects -- outside of public view.

School Superintendent Rick Smith officially presented the six projects, totaling about $136 million in facility construction needs, to commissioners on Wednesday.

The projects include an elementary school to replace Ganns Middle Valley Elementary and Falling Water Elementary; a replacement and expansion of Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts; additions to Sale Creek Middle-High and Nolan and Wolftever Creek elementeries; and a new middle school in the East Hamilton area.

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