ECC bond sale called a success

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School board to meet Jan. 4 for more discussion

By Shannon Brock

Last week’s bond sale to fund the new Early Childhood Center project “went fine,” and the district is set to move forward with a 14-classroom facility, Anderson County Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said Friday afternoon.
However, Mitchell said the consensus from board members is that they will most likely change the plan to a 10-classroom facility. An official decision to do so will not be made until Jan. 4, at the earliest, she said.
The board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 to discuss the ECC project and other topics, Mitchell said.
Mitchell said she, bonding agent Chris Bowling, the construction manager and architects on the project recommend that the board switch to a 10-classroom plan.
Doing so would allow the district to conserve some of its restricted cash in case of an emergency, such as any unexpected issues with the boiler or chiller at the high school, Mitchell said.
If no emergencies occur, that funding could then be used to add additional classrooms to the new ECC, she said. The ultimate hope is for the new building to have 18 classrooms.
If the facility is reduced to 10 classrooms, it will not hold all of the students currently at ECC.
The board has several options it will consider if that is the case, but those options depend highly on preschool and kindergarten enrollment numbers as well as state funding, Mitchell said.