Kate Smith Elementary School project ranked No. 1

Published: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 07:08 PM.

The new elementary school has been a long time coming, Taylor said. “This has been a 20-year project.”

Having construction at the new site will mean no disruption of classes at the elementary school, which was a factor in the decision to build at the new location.

Greg Kelley of CRA Architects in Tallahassee, who are handling the construction project, congratulated the board on the successful presentation, which was held on Aug. 15.

 “We appreciate you, and all you have done to get us prepared for the presentation,” Board Chairman Terry Ellis told Kelley. Kelley said the project can move forward now that the project has been accepted by the DOE. “We hear there is a $500 million budget excess in Tallahassee and the Legislature is going to be looking for ways to spend it,” Kelley said. “I recommend you get with your legislative delegation and get them involved.”

Getting the project approved by the committee was a great achievement, especially being first in line, Ellis said. “Mr. Taylor did an great job with the presentation.”

Board Member Susan Roberts agreed. “Mr. Taylor did an outstanding job,” she said.

“It was definitely a big day for us,” Ellis added.

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