TOP PHOTO: The Campbell County Board of Education met on Tuesday evening approving several building projects and repairs, along with other business items. Pictured are school board chair Sharon Ridenour, left, and Director of Schools Jennifer Fields.

By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Campbell County Board of Education met on Tuesday evening, approving several building projects and repairs, along with other business items.

The Jacksboro Elementary gym addition and cafeteria project was discussed in length. Board members heard from Lewis Group Architects who is handling the project. The addition will add 11 rows of seating to the gym, with the total new seating capacity of 686 in the bleachers. Currently, there is only seating for 251. 

On the cafeteria add on, there will be additional seating added as well. The addition will about 35 by 40 feet overall. This will add about 10 tables, and will add a seating capacity for 120 students.

Existing cafeteria seating is about 264 seats. 

Lewis Group Architects addressed the school board about the Jacksboro Elementary gym and cafeteria renovation projects.

Lewis Group Architect representatives estimated these expansions will cost around “$400 to $500 a square foot.”

The school board okayed the group to move forward with design. 

The school board also heard from representatives from the Christian Learning Center about its release time program. The CLC began in 2018. In 2019, State Representative Dennis Powers and State Senator Ken Yager worked and helped the program get a half credit for the course. Now this year, with additional efforts locally and by Yager and Powers, the program will now garner students a full course credit. 

School Board Chair Sharon Ridenour is working on a policy amendment for the board to vote approval on that will reflect this credit change. 

School board members heard from representatives of the Christian Learning Center at Tuesday’s meeting. Pictured is Stephanie Lloyd.

“We’re excited to make this full credit available to our students. We want to make this a program that benefits the whole school and the district,” said CLC representative Stephanie Lloyd. This past year the class had 80 students. The program is privately funded, with no burden on tax dollars. 

Other business included reviewing bids for school gym painting projects at the LaFollette Middle School and Wynn School. The board voted to rebid the painting projects to seek more competitive pricing. 

The school board also voted to rebid the roof replacement projects on LaFollette Elementary and Caryville Elementary schools.

The school board also voted to advertise bids for the LaFollette Middle School football field house roof repair and for fencing projects at Jellico High School, Jellico Elementary and Caryville Elementary schools. 

Also approved was the hiring of Michael Brady Inc. to design and estimate the cost of the proposed multipurpose sports complex to include the Jellico Elementary field house project.

Board members approved to put aside $45,000 for the sprinkler system for the Jellico High School football field. These funds will be taken out of the 2023-2024 Capital Outlay budget.

An AC kitchen unit was approved for Valley View Elementary and six AC units were approved for Jellico Elementary. 

A memorandum of agreement between Ridgeview Behavioral health services and Campbell County schools was approved, as was the Campbell County School Bus Operator contract for the school year.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/12/2023-6AM)