I would like to approve the contract, so construction can get under way," Superintendent Melody Stansell told the city’s Board of Education during its regular monthly meeting Monday night.
Building projects for the school system include a physical education facility at the high school, eight classrooms at the elementary school, and an addition to the middle school.
The contract is for $2,054,000.
In other business at Monday’s meeting:
* Superintendent Stansell reported on the needs improvement list recently released by the state. Stansell said information on Chickamauga Elementary School is inaccurate. The Criterion Reference Cognitive Test, or CRCT, scores were adequate and attendance was adequate, but the state said the elementary school was lacking by 1 percent in participation, she said. "The state said that out of 81 students enrolled, only 77 students took the test, but actually all 81 students took the test," Stansell said. "We’ve got raw data on a disk from Riverside Testing Company to prove that all 81 students did take it." Stansell said she believes the state will remove Chickamauga Elementary from the list when officials see the proof. She said she has put together a 33-page proposal stating why the school should be removed.
* "We had a wonderful start to the school year,” Stansell said. “Rob Langston spoke on learning focused school and differentiated learning," "First Baptist of Chickamauga hosted us for the 28th year for a luncheon." Chickamauga Elementary School instructs 498 students; Gordon Lee Middle School, 342; Gordon Lee High School, 464 students, she said.
* Gordon Lee High School's Leo Club is presenting 200 pairs of goggles for custodial staff of Chickamauga schools to use on the job. The school board thanked the club for the great service.
* The board approved CNS Heating and Air Co. for replacing three old air conditioning-heating units in Chickamauga schools.
* The board agreed to continue its after-school program. "The program lasts till 6 p.m. and has been a great success for the elementary school," Stansell said. "It provided the funds for laptop computers in the elementary school."
* The board approved fundraisers for the middle and elementary schools: a cookie dough sale, dances, a lock-in, an eighth-grade Easter egg hunt for Head Start, Halloween and Christmas parties for Head Start. The middle school will sell Gordon Lee Trojan bobble head dolls and Gordon Lee watches. Chickamauga Elementary School will sell Trojan doormats as the big PTO fundraiser and hold a basket auction.
* The school board approved field trips. The eighth grade will travel to Rome, Ga., to watch a play at the Chamber Repertory Theater. The Builders Club will visit Mountain View Head Start and Hutcheson Medical Center. The special education class will go to the IMAX theater, Incline Railroad, Point Park and eat at a local restaurant. The only trip not approved was to the Parthenon in Nashville. The board did not approve the trip since Nashville is under much construction and much of the trip would be travel time instead of visiting time, board members said