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THE INSTALLATION of new windows at Grundy High School is among several school improvement projects completed or in-the-works. Council High School also had new windows installed recently. New windows have been delivered to Hurley High School and are expected to be installed soon. (Staff photo/Scotty Wampler.)

County Schools Benefit from Cosmetic Upgrades

by Scotty Wampler
News Editor

Buchanan County's older schools are reaping the benefits of a two-year, $3 million plan to provide much-needed facelifts to the aging facilities.
  In fact, it's difficult not to notice recent cosmetic changes at Grundy and Council high schools, where brand new windows have given the buildings a fresh and updated appearance.
  "It's made a tremendous difference in the look of our building," Council High Principal Karen Taylor said. "The community loves it."
  Hurley High School will soon boast new windows, as well. School Superintendent Tommy P. Justus said that school's shipment of replacement windows has already been delivered and installation is expected to begin soon.
  "These windows are impacting the schools, as far as appearance, as much as anything we've done," Justus said.
  The recent window upgrades -- absorbing nearly $1 million in capital outlay funding -- are part of what has become a two-year undertaking to make improvements to schools countywide. In total, more than $1.7 million will be spent during the current fiscal year on replacing windows and exterior doors, making ceiling repairs and upgrading restrooms and plumbing, among various other projects.
  The installation of exterior replacement doors at Council, Hurley and Grundy high schools (a $236,503 effort) is next on the list of projects that will be completed, Justus confirmed Monday. Also scheduled for completion soon is a $220,000 project to upgrade restrooms, showers and plumbing at Grundy High. Similar projects for Council and Hurley are included in the school board's 2007-08 capital outlay wish list, Justus added.

For more of the story, see the print edition of the Mountaineer, on sale at newsstands now.  For more information on how to subscribe to the Mountaineer, call 276-935-2123 today.


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