Hamilton County working group aims to address $1 billion school facilities ‘crisis’

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd/ Students walk through the halls of Tyner Academy. Tyner Academy Principal Gerald Harris gave the Times Free Press a tour of the school's facilities on December 6, 2019.

A new working group assembled by Hamilton County leaders will look to tackle $1 billion in needed repairs across the county school system, and one of its chief goals will be finding out how to finance that work with finite resources.

The seven-member panel, which includes County Mayor Weston Wamp and Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Justin Robertson, will likely begin meeting the first week of October and will convene regularly for several months.

"What I hope for is a funding strategy," one of the members, school board Chairwoman Tiffanie Robinson, an independent from Chattanooga, said in a phone interview Thursday. "We know what the problems are. We've already got a playbook built, and I recognize that some people do and some people don't like the playbook.

"I'm sure the group will have ideas ...