MADISONVILLE-While work has been
completed at both Vonore Elementary and Tellico Plains Elementary
schools, construction projects are still in the works at a couple
At the Thursday meeting of the Monroe
County Board of Education, Director of Schools Mike Lowry asked
Maintenance Supervisor Charlie Underwood to give an update on work at
Madisonville Middle School (MMS) and Coker Creek Elementary School (CCES).
Due to enrollment increases, MMS needed
additional classroom space. At the June meeting, the School Board
approved a renovation plan, which included fixing a dressing room
into two classrooms at an estimated cost of $35,000.
"You asked me to get two classrooms
ready in six weeks, which would normally take months," said
Underwood. "But we're getting close."
Underwood hopes the project will be
complete by Thursday.
In addition, the roof replacement at
Coker Creek Elementary School has a cost estimate of $133,000, much
lower than the first estimate of $211,912.
"As soon as we can get a purchase
committee to approve that, we'll be able to get it under way," he
After School Board member Janie Harrill
mentioned a lot of overtime in the Maintenance Department, Lowry said
the renovations at Tellico Plains Elementary and Vonore Elementary
schools could not have been completed before school started without
"I'm proud of the job they did," said Lowry. "They did have to work overtime, but it took that to
get the job done. I stand behind Mr. Underwood for what he had to do
to get it finished."
Underwood further explained.
"To avoid disrupting a class, we
would go in over the weekend and do it so it would be ready to go
Monday morning," he said. "I was doing the best I could to keep
the educational environment going. It was almost an impossible job to
do without interrupting classes. I was on the job seven days a week
with these projects."
School Board member Dewitt Upton
thanked Underwood for his efforts.
"You not only do a good job, you do a
great job and we appreciate you," said Upton.
Underwood also noted that the paving at
Tellico Plains Elementary is finished. The pavement was heavily
damaged during the recent renovation project.