Hamilton County, school district form facilities working group to tackle $1 billion in needed repairs

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp looks back at his sister as he speaks during the swearing-in ceremony for Hamilton County Officials on Sept. 1 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Hamilton County Schools' facilities require nearly $1 billion in repairs -- and Mayor Weston Wamp and Superintendent Justin Robertson are teaming up to start addressing the problem.

Officials announced Tuesday the members of a newly formed working group on county schools' facilities that will evaluate urgent and future building needs across the school district, according to a news release.

"Plans for the future of our school facilities should be developed with a focus on excellence and efficiency, paving the way for our students to thrive in college prep and career prep pathways," Wamp said in the news release. "This working group will establish a roadmap for Hamilton County to go from a laggard to a leader in the region in the quality of our public school facilities."

Members of the working group are:

-- Weston Wamp, Hamilton County mayor.