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Trussville City BOE meets Monday

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting Monday, July 21 at 6 p.m. at the Central Office on North Chalkville Road.

The meeting will include the first public budget hearing for the school system.

A public work session will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Michael Brady of Michael Brady Inc. talks to Trussville City Schools officials in June.
file photo by Gary Lloyd

The board’s June meeting was a busy one. The board approved of spending money within its contingency for artificial turf for the new Hewitt-Trussville Stadium. The board did not approve of spending up to a certain amount, but a rough estimate is between $390,000 and $400,000.

The board also approved Austin Tucker as the Hewitt-Trussville varsity football offensive coordinator and Adam Caine as the defensive coordinator. Both come from Shiloh Christian (Ark.) High School, where first-year head coach Josh Floyd was hired away from.

The board also last month approved revised contracts with Michael Brady Inc., the architect designing two new community elementary schools. Both schools — one in the Cahaba Project and one in the Magnolia Place area — will be constructed to accommodate 500 students. The schools were originally being planned to be built to accommodate 400 students.

According to the approved contracts, the construction and renovation of the New Deal-era school in the Cahaba Project was going to cost $6,592,500 for 400 students. For 500 students, that cost increases to $8,153,000. The additional square footage being added to the Cahaba school project is 3,800.

The construction of the new school in the Magnolia Place area school was going to cost $6,746,500 for 400 students. For 500 students, that cost increases to $8,347,250. The additional square footage being added to the Magnolia school project is 6,718.

For both schools to accommodate 400 students each, the total cost — including construction, renovation, site work, contingency and other costs — would have been $18,131,000. Accounting for the same costs, the two schools being built to accommodate 500 students each will be $23,045,815.

A couple school committees also recently met to discuss the design of the two new elementary schools.

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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