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Milledgeville High School addition could cut into veterans park

Superintendent says veterans memorial wouldn't be disturbed

MILLEDGEVILLE – The proposed $10.4 million project for improvements to Milledgeville High School could include purchasing part of the veterans memorial park west of the school.

The Chadwick-Milledgeville school board on Monday discussed the project, which includes replacing the school's HVAC system and some windows, and asbestos abatement for about $5.9 million, and creating an addition with a gymnasium and office space for an estimated $4.5 million.

The project also includes repurposing and remodeling some of the building's lower level.

If the project is approved, the district would seek to acquire a strip of unused land on the veterans memorial park property from the Milledgeville Park District for a new driveway.

The exact amount of property, and any potential cost, has not yet not been determined, but Superintendent Tim Schurman said he would meet with the park board Tuesday to work out the details.

"The veterans memorial, the American Legion built that, and we want to avoid disturbing that," he said. "It's a unique, beautiful setting there."

Schurman is negotiating final terms of a contract with OpTerra Energy Services, and a final vote on the project is scheduled for the board's June 19 meeting.

Teachers contract

The board also voted to approve a teachers contract for 2017 through 2020.

Schurman said the agreement includes raises of 1 percent this year, 1.5 percent in 2018, and 2 percent in 2019. Negotiations were conducted in April.

"Besides the initial meeting, receiving the union's initial proposal, we only met three times," Schurman said. "It couldn't have gone more nicely."

There were no changes to employee insurance. Teachers now also have 12 sick days instead of 10. 

Salaries were increased by 2 percent for head varsity coaches and assistant coaches to be more in line with the conference average, Schurman said.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Chadwick-Milledgeville School Board will be at 7:30 p.m. June 19 at Milledgeville High School, 100 E. Eighth St.

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