Mayor Wamp and Superintendent Robertson Form School Facilities Committee

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp and Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Justin Robertson have formed a committee to evaluate the needs of local school facilities.

A 2020 report from MGT Consultng identified around a billion dollars worth of need in Hamilton County Schools.

This includes dilapidated conditions at several facilities in the area.

“We have a facilities crisis. We have the MGT report from two years ago that, you know, saw a billion dollars worth of needs across our district, and so moving into the next phase of that — we were kind of derailed a little bit of COVID — but Mayor Wamp and Doctor Robertson hve put this group together, and they’ll get around the table and move forward with how we address this,” said Deputy Mayor of Education and Workforce Development Tucker McClendon.

Including Wamp and Robertson, the committee is made up of seven members.

McClendon thinks their diverse backgrounds make them well-equipped to creatively address problems with school facilities.

“You got a diverse background here. You got Commissioner Lee Helton, who has a construction background; Chairwoman Robinson with the School Board’s development. You have Jay Price from Chatt State — that’s athletics; Kenny Smith, which is vocational; and then you have a CPA on there with Kyle Bryant,” said McClendon.

The goals of the group are yet to be determined. They’ll craft their vision for Hamilton County Schools at their first couple of meetings.

“They’ll start meeting in the next several weeks, and then from there we’ll meet on a bi-weekly kind of schedule. And hopefully, you know, late Spring, early Summer, we’ll have a report that we can share with the public and with the county commission and with the school board,” said McClendon.

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