09/15/05 — Elementary school's project gets board OK

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Elementary school's project gets board OK

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on September 15, 2005 1:51 PM

A sewer project to accommodate rapid growth at Northwest Elementary School was approved by the school board Monday night.

The project, estimated to cost $750,000, will be paid for through matching funds from the state, said Sprunt Hill, assistant superintendent for auxiliary services. Local funds will come from the local capital outlay funds in the amount of $250,000, with the remaining $500,000 derived from the state's Public School Building Capital Fund.

Hill said the project will entail constructing a pump station and running six-inch pipe lines to Pikeville to hook onto the centralized station there.

If all goes according to plan, the project will be completed by May, he said.

Shifting populations moving to the northern end of the county have caused the enrollment to increase quickly at schools in that area.

According to figures obtained from the school system, Northwest had 712 students at the start of the school year in 2003, jumping to 805 in the fall of 2004. As of last week, the school had 870 students enrolled.