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School tour taken, eye on upgrades
School Board chair Helen Martin, left, and County Commissioner Diane Starkey look at overhead duct work at Bobby Ray that's being held together by duct tape. Bobby Ray is one of four schools in the system included in a $12.1 million renovation project. The school system is asking county government for help in funding the improvement projects.
Bobby Ray Elementary was toured Monday evening by members of the Warren County Commission and Board of Education. Will the county earmark money to upgrade it?Four onsite reviews of Bobby Ray, West Elementary, Warren County Middle and Eastside were scheduled as a follow-up to last week’s meeting of the county Education Committee that proposed $12.1 million in capital building projects at those schools.According to the information presented to the group by Director of Schools Bobby Cox, the main building at Bobby Ray which houses the offices, lunchroom and library was constructed in 1974, while the two buildings behind it were constructed in 1976 and 1962. During the tour of Bobby Ray, principal Monti Hillis and several teachers were on hand to outline the issues, which included overcrowded classrooms, large rooms divided into 2-4 smaller classrooms creating a disruption and hindering the learning environment, lack of storage, noncompliance with ADA, and security, just to name a few.Security is an issue with students having to move from building to building throughout the day.