Weather delaying some Hamilton County school projects
Some Lookout Valley parents are questioning why repairs to the middle-high school's field house have not been completed.
The repairs are part of the school district's $125-million construction plan that was announced last year.
Pictures sent to Channel 3 from a parents shows damaged walls, exposed ceilings and outdated restrooms.
“We have a lot of projects that are out there right now,” said Hamilton County Schools spokesperson Tim Hensley. “Still in the planning stages right now for the actual renovations of the field house and then adding some restroom facilities out there.”
Hensley says they hope to start the renovations after the next school year's football season.
“We are working on that time line; hope to have a very firm time line for parents of that community next week or so,” he said.
So far, the school's tennis courts are being renovated. Hensley says it was behind schedule because of the weather.
“We have the base down for the tennis court we just need to put the top coat on,” said Hensley “We had a lot of rain. One of the rainiest years in the past year that we've had in this area so it has been a problem for us.”
Hensley says contractors have also faced weather-related setbacks with building a new track at Central and Brainerd high schools.
As for the remaining projects, “It's just a matter of getting everything on the drawing board and making sure it's exactly what you want and being able to get those projects underway,” said Hensley. “In the next six months is really going to see a lot of progress.”
We are told some dates for the remaining projects are set, including rebuilding for East Hamilton Middle School and Harrison Elementary. Hensley says ground will break for East Hamilton in a few weeks. The groundbreaking for Harrison Elementary is set for April to early May.