published Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Coppinger: Hamilton County can fund just three of six new school projects

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said the county has enough funds to complete three of six proposed new school projects — but he won't say how much the county has to work with or which schools he thinks should be built.

But he will meet with commissioners privately to discuss the projects outside of public view.

School Superintendent Rick Smith presented the six projects to commissioners today during a recessed session.

The projects include an elementary school to replace Ganns Middle Valley Elementary and Falling Water Elementary; a replacement and expansion of Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts; additions to Sale Creek Middle-High and Nolan and Wolftever Creek elementaries; and a new middle school in the East Hamilton area.

Coppinger told Commission Chairman Fred Skillern he was prepared to share the three projects he thought should be built, but Skillern instructed him to meet with commissioners individually.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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