The Coffee County Schools Board of Education held its second budget hearing on the fiscal year 2021 Budget on Sept. 10.
While the board unanimously approved the budget – with no changes in the budget from the first meeting on Sept. 3 – it also approved the school system’s five-year Capital Plan, which will include upgrades to all of the schools in the system.
The plan includes current construction at New Brockton Elementary School and New Brockton High School. NBES is getting 12 new classrooms and new restrooms – at a budgeted cost of $3.010 million – with an expected completion date in FY 2021. Gamecock Stadium at NBHS is also in the midst of a $1.156 million renovation project, which is expected to be completed in October. That project is replacing the old bleachers along with new bathrooms, a new ticket booth and new concession stands.
The planned new gymnasium at Zion Chapel High School is next on the list of improvements on the capital plan, at a cost of $4.325 million. That project also includes the construction of new hitting and pitching facilities for the baseball and softball teams at Zion Chapel. Zion Chapel’s current gym does not meet Alabama High School Athletic Association requirements for a Class 2A school. That project is also expected to be completed in FY 2021.
NBHS will also receive six new classrooms, a new administrative office and restrooms due to increased enrollment at the school. That project will cost a budgeted $2 million and is expected to be completed in FY 2022.
At Kinston, the construction of a new lunchroom is planned for FY 2023 at a cost of $2 million. That project also includes the renovation of the old lunchroom into new elementary classrooms and a storage room.
Also planned for FY 2023 is the renovation of the locker rooms at the NBHS Gymnasium at a budgeted cost of $485,000.
The school system also plans to continue to the second phase of security upgrades at all schools – at a cost of $275,000 – in FY 2023. The school system also plans to replace the old bus shop at a cost of $1 million in FY 2023.
In FY 2024, Coffee County Schools plans to construct new hitting and pitching facilities for the baseball and softball teams at Kinston at a cost of $250,000. Also, FY 2024 will see the expected upgrade of playgrounds at all elementary schools in the system at a total budgeted cost of $125,000.