published Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Jim Coppinger names the four school projects Hamilton County can afford

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger says the county has enough cash to complete four of the school system's six recommended construction projects.

His recommendations for projects to be completed include:

• A replacement for Ganns Middle Valley Elementary

• An addition to Sale Creek Middle-High

• An addition to Nolan Elementary

• An addition to Wolftever Creek Elementary

That leaves out the much-anticipated replacement for the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts and a new middle school in the East Hamilton area.

Altogether, the mayor's four projects top $50 million in school construction costs. County Commission Chairman Fred Skillern said the body would likely vote on the projects at next week's meeting.

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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about Kevin Hardy...

Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a ...

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