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Haywood Schools budget proposals adds $900K to support repairs, upgrades


By Chris Lang | Mar 25, 2020

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Haywood County Schools policymakers are looking to pump almost $900,000 into the upcoming capital budget to fund necessary repairs and upgrades.

The proposed capital funding comes after a similar amount was OK’d in the current budget last year to support the needed improvements that in some cases have been stalled since The Great Recession.

“We have a lot of critical systems that are aging out,” Haywood County Schools Associate Superintendent Trevor Putnam told the Smokey Mountain News earlier this month.

Some of the projects include adding lights to school parking lots or replacing broken lights inside and outside buildings, HVAC equipment, and roof repairs.

Pricier items include $125,000 for air conditioning maintenance at Meadowbrook Elementary school and $165,000 for lights at the Pisgah High School softball field.

The district is also considering new turf at the two high schools, which may cost as much as $1.57 million and come from the lottery fund balance.

The district will hold a public hearing April 2 about the proposed budget, the Smokey Mountain News reported.

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