Upgrades coming to Eastern Hancock schools

The Eastern Hancock School Board has given its approval to a plan to finance $6 million in order to make major repairs to its buildings.

During a public hearing this week, district officials said the project will be funded through the district’s capital projects fund or through various types of loans.

A facilities study conducted earlier this year determined the school requires upgrades to its elementary and middle school roofs, a replacement to the small waste treatment plant that services the school district, upgrades or replacements to boilers, water heaters and rooftop air conditioner units and more, business manager Adam Kinder told the Daily Reporter in July.

Expected upgrades include seating in the auditorium, renovations to locker rooms, new playground equipment, concrete updates and parking lot lights, as well as improvements to special education classrooms, officials said.

The district plans to pay some of its $9.5 million in current debt off early in order to prevent a tax increase to area residents, officials said.