Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn School Board Picks List of Projects to Ask Voters to Support; Construction Costs Skyrocket as Officials Debate Whether Vote Should Be in November or March

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn School Board Picks List of Projects to Ask Voters to Support; Construction Costs Skyrocket as Officials Debate Whether Vote Should Be in November or March

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Byline: TERRY DICKSON

BRUNSWICK -- The Glynn County Board of Education has adopted a long list of building projects that it may put before voters in March for sales tax funding.

Also in its Tuesday meeting, the board approved a contract for construction of the new Sterling Elementary School off U.S. 341 north of Brunswick at a price tag of $14.6 million.

The new elementary school is the first project in an ambitious plan to replace decrepit schools and renovate others. It will be funded with state funds and property tax revenue.

School board members hope voters will pass a 1-cent sales tax to raise the nearly $130 million in local funds needed to build, among other things, two new middle schools, a new wing on another and a new Brunswick High School at a combined price tag of $151.9 million.

The sales tax could be up for a vote in the November elections or, more likely, in a special election in March, school officials said.

That decision has not yet been made.

For now, the school board has adopted the five-year plan of projects before the funding is in place to nail down state money and to get a jump start should the voters approve it, Chairman Dave Smith said.

The board has spent months mulling over the list of projects, but as members deliberated, construction costs escalated at an eye-popping rate.

When architect John Tuten and Assistant Superintendent Howard Mann detailed the projects and their costs, board member Shaw McVeigh noted the sharp increase since public hearings on a potential tax vote.

"How does the grand project total go up 50 million bucks?'' McVeigh asked.

Tuten explained later that in the past few months he had witnessed the largest spike in the cost of construction materials he had seen in 30 years.

Costs are likely to increase further by the time building gets under way on many projects, he said. For example, the first estimate on a new Brunswick High was about $49 million but it is likely to cost $57 million by the time it is built, Tuten said.

The state is expected to kick in $5 million to help build a new Glynn Middle School, $4.5 million for Sterling Middle School and $10 million for a new Brunswick High. …

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