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Grissom High among schools up for rebuild and renovations

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Grissom High recently received a new iPod annex, but some parents said a new facility is long overdue. Grissom High recently received a new iPod annex, but some parents said a new facility is long overdue.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Grissom High School is among several Huntsville City Schools planned for a complete rebuild by 2018.

Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski presented the capital management plan before the school board Thursday night.

The plan could cost $176-million over the span of five years. At this point, they are only proposals and the school board has yet to vote on it.

The proposals are not completely new. School officials said the district reviewed extensive studies from engineers and consultants who recommended the renovations.

In the board meeting, Dr. Wardynski said rebuilding Grissom High would be more cost-efficient than renovating it – a savings of about $2-million, according to school officials.

Grissom High recently received a new iPod annex, but some parents said a new facility is long overdue. They said overcrowding has been a problem at the school.

The plan includes rebuilding Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and major renovations to Johnson High and Butler High.

The school board also held a budget hearing prior to the board meeting.

Not only has the school district emerged from nearly $20-million in debt; it now has extra money in the bank.

Chief Operating Officer Frank Spinelli presented findings that showed the school system projects a $9-million surplus in the next fiscal year.

School officials give credit to sweeping changes in business practices and the use of Federal E-Rate reimbursements.

The general operating budget differs from a separate pool of money that is planned for future school renovations.

Board members said the capital management plan to renovate and rebuild schools hinges on Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) funding and this month's property tax renewal vote.

As for the general budget, Thursday's hearing was the first out of two that is required before the board approves it.

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