Hamilton County Commission OKs new East Hamilton Middle School; no new press box for Ooltewah High School

Families arrive at East Hamilton Middle High School for a community meeting unveiling of plans for the new East Hamilton Middle School on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The new $36 million middle school will be built near Apison Elementary.

The Hamilton County Commission approved a new school - but not a new press box - Wednesday morning.

With few comments, the commission approved more than $42 million for the new East Hamilton Middle School, one of several projects laid out in the school district's 2017 plan for $110 million in bond funds allocated by the commission for capital projects.

photo Tahnika Rodriguez, left, Armando Rodriguez, center, and their daughter Chloe arrive at East Hamilton Middle High School for a community meeting unveiling of plans for the new East Hamilton Middle School on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The new $36 million middle school will be built near Apison Elementary.

The project, District 4 Commissioner Warren Mackey pointed out, was a little pricier than East Hamilton Middle/High School or Signal Mountain Middle/High School have been in recent years, but District 8 Commissioner Tim Boyd said it was coming in under the predicted $45 million budget for the project.

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