2014-12-18 / Front Page

School board agrees to tiny land transfer to allow street changes by primary school

By KIP BURKE
news editor

In a short December regular meeting, the Wilkes County Board of Education agreed to transfer a small piece of property to the city and heard a report that the elementary school’s roof is finally finished.

Superintendent Dr. Rosemary Caddell reported that she met with Washington City Administrator Sherri Bailey concerning a small strip of property behind Washington Wilkes Elementary School that the city will need for upcoming road work at the intersection of Berkshire Drive and East Street.

The city wants to put in a “Y” intersection there with a lane turning right to go toward the North Bypass, easing the sharp turn off Berkshire Drive.

The property is adjacent to practice ball fields used by Little League teams, she said. “I did talk to her about the need for a fence between the road and the ball fields for the safety of the children. We still retain the ball fields, but we’ll need a fence erected after the paving is finished. She said that should not be a problem at all.”

The board voted unanimously to use a quit-claim deed to transfer the property to the city.

Dr. Caddell reported that the construction project at the elementary school is fully complete with all inspections passed. “The punch list is completed, the fire marshal has done his final inspection, and the roof warranty inspection is completed. What we’re waiting on now is the paperwork to be completed and the final payment request,” she said. Once the final payment is made, the state of Georgia will pay the school system the bulk of the construction cost.

There are a few more areas in the school needing floor work, she said, “Then we’ll have new tile, new carpet, a new roof, and new paint throughout the school.”

In the financial report, board members heard that the SPLOST income is continuing to stay at $80,000 or more, paying the debt on the new school complex. Thanks to property and other taxes being paid, Dr. Caddell said, “We’ll be able to make payroll before Christmas this year, but we’ve got to get some property taxes in to make payroll in January.”

The next meeting of the Wilkes County Board of Education is set for Monday, January 26, a week later than usual due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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