Hamilton County New Schools Project Found To Be Expensive

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – School Board member David Testerman wants to see some new schools being built in Hamilton County, but he says the early estimates for costs are out of control.

“Some of our buildings are in such conditions that I think they are health hazards to some of our kids and teachers. When you have mold in a building, when you have a building that is structurally unsound, and you can see it… you don’t have to call an engineer. You can see it, you can see it is unsafe”.

It is no secret that Hamilton County has a number of schools that are in need of new buildings but at what cost?

David Terterman says the school board is expecting to get around 100 million dollars to build 3 news schools! But with the early estimates that won’t be enough to get the job done.

“We only have a limited amount of funds being provided by county commission it looks like. I hope it would be just a little bit more”.

Testerman says one of the proposed elementary schools is estimated to cost around 45 million dollars, while similar schools across Tennessee and in North Georgia have been built for around 17 million. He wants to see this project get done.

“Use to be a thing in this country, we wanted to leave things better than we found it. That was an unspoken motto of generations of Americans. We wanted to leave our country and our communities in better shape than was given to us. I will tell you right now, this is the probably the first time that I know of in my lifetime, we are going to leave something in worse shape than we found it”.

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