CCHS auxiliary gym put on hold

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Funding sought for HVAC system upgrades

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — While Carroll County officials have applied for funding to replace the heating and air conditioning system at the high school, the idea to build an auxiliary gym there may have to wait awhile.
The Carroll supervisors briefly discussed both project ideas as amendments to a five-year capital improvement plan at their regular meeting Feb. 11.
Fancy Gap Supervisor Phil McCraw, who also serves on the county’s budget committee, suggested taking the attached gym line item — scheduled under fiscal year 2015 — off the improvement plan for now.
That would remove $2.7 million estimated for the attached gym from the school system’s capital project list.
Local officials continue to work on the idea to replace the aging heating and air conditioning system at the high school, the supervisor noted.
“Funds have been applied for for HVAC,” McCraw said. “We don’t know if we’re going to get it yet or not... We’re going to have to see if they come through. If they do, we’re going to have to see what the debt service is going to be…”
The capital plan has $4.3 million listed under fiscal year 2014 for the replacement of the HVAC and water lines.
The supervisor did not elaborate further during the meeting about the application for funding on the HVAC.
Given other financial demands, McCraw thought it would be better to wait on the attached gym. County officials can add it back in at a later date.
“We’ve got a lot of things to consider,” he explained. “We just had a reassessment, we’ve got other things going on. I feel like under the circumstances at this time we’d be better off if we just leave it completely out of it until we see exactly what this HVAC deal might or might not be.”
“If we leave it in, that’s an apparent approval when they look at it,” Chairman David Hutchins added.
McCraw made a motion to remove the attached gym from the improvement plan.
Supervisor Josh Hendrick seconded the motion, adding that he’d like to see a funding source identified for the gym, as well.
All the supervisors approved the motion.