Board of Ed seeking assistance from community for school upkeep


TAYLOR COUNTY—Taylor County citizens will be asked on November 8, 2022 to support or not support the Taylor County Board of Education’s bond call to replace Anna Jarvis Elementary and provide safety upgrades to all other schools. 

Taylor County Schools has enjoyed the support of the citizens across the county for many years and it is hoped that they will continue this Election Day. 

In the first article, shared was the why of replacing Anna Jarvis was necessary. In this article the many capital and maintenance projects that have been completed or underway will be shared.

 The first project that is funded by the School Building Authority and the Taylor County Board of Education awaiting supplies to complete is a new roof on the main building and arrowhead addition at Grafton High School. This project was the number one project identified during the Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan completed in 2019. ZMM Architects is leading this project which we hope to complete by June 2023.

 The list will be complete if voters approve this bond as the Anna Jarvis replacement was second, with the safety upgrades rounding out the immediate project needs identified and approved by the Taylor County Board of Education.

Current and completed capital and maintenance projects are as follows:

GHS

1. Sidewalk in front of GHS

2. Upgraded light in GHS auditorium

3. Paving of faculty parking lot

4. Claire Bee Gym drainage, windows, exterior vine removal, paint, patched around windows/cracks in mortar joints

5. Power was canopies over Scotty Hamilton Gym

6. Replaced and room doors

7. Tuck pointing

8. Lockers

9. Additional Auditorium upgrades 

Taylor County Middle

1. Drainage issues being addressed

2. Auditorium seats replacement

3. Locker replacement

4. Patching of parking lot holes

Anna Jarvis

1. Lighting and replacement of ceiling tiles in gym

2. Safety window tinting in cafeteria

3. Upgrade to some classroom walls

Flemington

1. Tuck pointing

2. New flashing lights on roadway

3. Hot water issues

4. Various plumbing issues

5. Gaga Pit

Board Office

1. New windows

2. New roof over board room and kitchen area

3. Basement office space upgrades

The Taylor County Board of Education continues to be good stewards of the funds entrusted to them for maintenance and upkeep of the facilities used to educate our children. 

Unfortunately, it is never enough and the cost for upgrades on facilities continues to rise. To assist in keeping costs to a minimum many projects are completed by the boards maintenance department and when needed, local contractors and suppliers provide labor and materials. 

In addition, funds are sought during each application period provided by the School Building Authority. 

November 8, 2022 is an important day in the future of our county school system. The improvement of our facilities will support the needs of our students today and in the future. 

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