Wheeler High School, Walton High School and Teasley Elementary School are in line to be renovated or rebuilt with SPLOST IV funds.
The 1-cent sales tax was approved by voters in March, and collections for projects began coming in this month, said Nick Parker, the director of SPLOST for the district.
The district is expecting to rake in $717.8 million in the next five years.
Wheeler High School
Wheeler students can expect to have a new gym, performing arts theater and home side seating in its football stadium by July 2 through 16, said Chris Ragsdale, the deputy superintendent of operational support for the district.
The district bid out the construction project this fall, and by October, 15 construction groups had responded, according to the board agenda for Monday’s meeting.
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa has asked the board to select Atlanta-based Balfour Beatty Construction to design and build Wheeler’s updates.
Roughly $20 million of SPLOST IV funds have been earmarked by the district to be spent on Wheeler’s construction, Ragsdale said, of which $10,000 is to be spent on designing the new school and setting an exact construction cost.
As soon as the board approves the construction group, Ragsdale said the design process would be underway, with construction to follow within the 2014 school year.
Walton High School
Future Walton students might be using bridges to get to class by July 2017, if all goes as planned at Walton’s east Cobb campus.
The school, built in the late 1970s, is in need for some major improvements, said school Principal Judy McNeill.
“We’re very, very excited for a new school. Walton was built very quickly as Cobb County was growing at such a fast pace,” McNeill said.
Thirty years later, the school is outdated, haphazardly designed and crowded, she said.
In October, McNeill said Walton had 2,730 students, too many for the space they have.
It was more expensive to go throughout the school and make all of the needed adjustments than just build a new school, McNeill added.
The entire school is expected to be rebuilt, starting this May, said McNeill, and will include a bigger orchestra room and auditorium than students have now, as well as a separate building for classrooms, connected to the rest of the school by bridges.
Roughly $40 million has been set aside with projected SPLOST IV funds to pay for the new building, according to Monday night’s agenda.
The board will decide Monday whether or not to go with Hinojosa’s recommendation to hire Atlanta-based Gilbane Building Co. to design and build the new school.
Twelve construction companies submitted bids for the project, according to Monday’s agenda.
Dirt will be moved and construction is expected to begin this May, but the school is not planned to be completed until July 2017, McNeill said.
The new school is planned to be built where the softball diamond and tennis courts are now, and construction will go on while Walton students continue to use their current building, she added.
Teasley Elementary School
Teasley Elementary School, which reported having 740 students in 2012, is quickly growing, Ragsdale said.
When SPLOST IV plans were being drawn up in last year, Teasley was tagged to get a 10-classroom addition. This August, an additional 10 classrooms had to be added to the plans in order to accommodate the student growth at the Smyrna school, Ragsdale said.
In addition to the new classrooms, Teasley students will soon have a new gym and a bigger cafeteria and kitchen, according to the district.
Eighteen construction companies bid on the Teasley project, and Atlanta-based Balfour Beatty Construction was also selected to make the changes to the school, according to Monday’s agenda.
Hinojosa has asked the board to approve hiring Balfour Beatty, who is charging $10,000 to design and plan the school additions as well as set an official cost of the construction.
Roughly $3 million of SPLOST IV funds was earmarked for Teasley’s upgrades, but Ragsdale said the change in plans and additional 10 classrooms to be built will increase the estimated cost to $13.3 million.
Construction is expected to begin as soon as possible, within the school year, Ragsdale said. The district was waiting for the board to approve the construction manager before plans could be made.
The school improvements are anticipated to be complete by July 2015, Ragsdale said.