HAZARD—The Perry County school board took action last week to proceed with the demolition of the former Dennis Wooton Elementary.
The board approved the building’s demolition during its September meeting, and will begin seeking bids for the project this month. Jody Maggard, the district’s finance officer, said the project is estimated at a cost of $237,415, a portion of which could come from funds not utilized during the construction of East Perry Elementary.
“It would be great if we could use leftover money in construction projects that’s already done to pay for that demolition,” Maggard said, adding the district will have to use its own money for the demolition and will not be able to rely on other funding sources such as bonds.
The board approved pay applications for both the East Perry project and the athletics fields next to the school this month totaling $543,205 and $155,836 respectively. Maggard said the board should be able to pay for the projects’ completion during its regular meeting in November, leaving approximately $100,000 that could be diverted to the demolition project in Airport Gardens.
The district should also have some leftover capital outlay funds, which is usually used for maintenance, Maggard added, but with state approval can be shifted to help offset the Dennis Wooton project. He said he also expects to look into other completed projects, such as the now completed Phase IV at Buckhorn School, to see if there are any other funds available.
The board also hired the firm Ross-Tarrant to serve as architects on the Dennis Wooton demolition. Ross-Tarrant also oversaw the construction projects at Buckhorn and East Perry.
In other business, the board approved the sale of surplus property, including the former Big Creek Elementary school, along with property at R.W. Combs Elementary and equipment from Dennis Wooton. The property is set to go to auction on Nov. 16.