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Tim Boyd

As promised, Hamilton County commissioners and school board members met Wednesday to rebuild some bridges and discuss the state of the county's schools.

It was the first such meeting between elected school and county officials in years.

Commissioner Tim Boyd, who leads the commission's education committee, said committee members and those on the school board's facilities committee heard an update from Superintendent Rick Smith and school facilities manager Gary Waters about ongoing construction for several school projects.

Waters said the new Ganns Middle Valley Elementary and additions at Sale Creek Middle-High and Wolftever and Nolan elementaries all are now in the design phase.

Officials also heard about plans to buy school security cameras with proceeds from the sale of the former Ooltewah Elementary School building.

Boyd said about 30 people -- school and county officials and parents -- attended the meeting.

The two groups will meet again in February, and Boyd said he intends to schedule meetings at least three times a year while school is in session.

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