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Elizabethton school board hopes for $6.1 million

By Emily Carrier, News Intern, ecarrier@wcyb.com
Published On: Jul 24 2013 04:50:09 PM CDT
Elizabethton Football Stadium
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

Changes could soon be coming to Elizabethton High School and T.A. Dugger Junior High School.

The School Board asked the City Council Tuesday night to fund a $6.1 million bond for the two schools. The money would fund a sports complex for the high school including a football stadium, track, new baseball and softball fields, and a band room.

Superintendent Ed Alexander tells us its old football stadium at T.A. Dugger is in bad shape. "The home side, the newer of the two, is unsafe to the point that we have to have it evaluated each year because of the water that runs down through all the supports," he says.

The money would also fund some new classrooms, bathrooms, and science labs at T.A. Dugger. There are plans are to tear down the home stands of the old football stadium to make room for the renovations.

The new changes will make the entire building accessible to all students. Alexander says, "There is an elevator in the school, but there's a portion of the school, the old crow's nest, that is not accessible to handicapped students. So doing that would make it possible for them to have classes on that side of the building."

But Alexander tells us it's not a done deal yet. The city council will meet August 8 to vote on the proposed $6.1 million bond.