BY JEFFREY CULLEN-DEAN - email@example.com
The Coweta County Board of Education is delaying the construction of a new middle school on Shaw Road after the design came in $6 million over budget.
The proposed plan was an enclosed design that included non-traditional features such as interior mechanical corridors and skylights.
The construction will be delayed while the board examines how the increased cost could affect funding of other Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax projects and to conduct a traffic study to better understand how a new school would affect the traffic in the area.
Dr. Steve Barker, superintendent of the Coweta County School System, said the design “requires more square footage than the traditional design that we had used in places like Madras or Smokey Road.”
Barker recommended the board look at other needed renovation projects. “We’re now at a point where we would begin to schedule renovations at our schools where we need heating and air work, flooring, technology, painting and in some cases re-roofing,” he said.
There are continued traffic issues on Hwy. 154 with the volume of traffic coming across the interstate to go to Madras Middle School, said Barker. “Depending on the time of day people are either going to the interstate or going home to their house or to the other side of the county.”
Barker proposed the board add another layer to their traffic study “to get very specific on 154 and 29.”
The board voted to delay the construction of the middle school so that they can gather and examine new data relevant to the project.