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Dawson County Schools releases 2020 ESPLOST project list
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The Board of Education building at 28 Main Street. - photo by Jessica Taylor

Dawson County Schools has released its list of capital projects that will be completed throughout 2020.

The Dawson County Board of Education accepted the 2020 ESPLOST project list in December 2019, approving approximately $6 million for technology and facilities upgrade projects.

According to Superintendent Damon Gibbs, a majority of the projects will be funded with the remaining ESPLOST V balance before the school system transitions into ESPLOST VI in late 2020.

2020 ESPLOST Projects:

  • Student and staff devices: $700,000
  • WiFi upgrade: $500,000
  • Nutanix Virtualization project: $125,000
  • Computer/technology equipment: $25,000
  • Network upgrades: $50,000
  • Elementary Gym Projector Project: $100,000
  • Black's Mill Elementary roof and HVAC upgrade: $1,800,000
  • DCHS Track Upgrade: $275,000
  • Robinson Elementary generator addition: $120,000
  • System-wide furniture: $20,000
  • Stadium scoreboard / display board: $300,000
  • Lunchroom Furniture upgrades: $200,000
  • System-wide flooring upgrades: $55,000
  • Elementary Playground upgrades: $20,000
  • System-wide Signage upgrades: $200,000
  • Robinson Elementary gravity sewer upgrade: $200,000
  • DCHS Baseball/Softball parking renovations: $200,000
  • Retrofit 23 Buses with A/C: $230,000
  • Video Equipment Upgrade on all buses: $83,000
  • New buses: $325,000
  • Transportation Training Room upgrades: $75,000
  • Transportation Equipment upgrades: $75,000
  • Transportation Facility upgrades: $150,000
  • Parking lot upgrades: $100,000
  • District-wide upgrades: $100,000

Total: $6,028,000

Technology projects include WiFi and network upgrades, and upgrades to student and staff devices, including iPads and Apple technology which will be used in classrooms. There will also be system-wide upgrades for lunchroom furniture, flooring, elementary playground equipment, signage and parking lots.

A number of transportation upgrades will also be completed before the end of 2020 which includes funding for new buses, air conditioning upgrades and new video systems for all buses.

“We have issued purchase orders for five new buses,” Gibbs said. “We have some additional funding from the state that will be added to the $325,000 (allocated for new buses).”

Dawson County Schools has released its list of capital projects that will be completed throughout 2020.

The Dawson County Board of Education accepted the 2020 ESPLOST project list in December 2019, approving approximately $6 million for technology and facilities upgrade projects.

According to Superintendent Damon Gibbs, a majority of the projects will be funded with the remaining ESPLOST V balance before the school system transitions into ESPLOST VI in late 2020.

Technology projects include WiFi and network upgrades, and upgrades to student and staff devices, including iPads and Apple technology which will be used in classrooms. There will also be system-wide upgrades for lunchroom furniture, flooring, elementary playground equipment, signage and parking lots.

A number of transportation upgrades will also be completed before the end of 2020 which includes funding for new buses, air conditioning upgrades and new video systems for all buses.

“We have issued purchase orders for five new buses,” Gibbs said. “We have some additional funding from the state that will be added to the $325,000 (allocated for new buses).”

The cost for the five new buses will be approximately $480,000, Gibbs said.

Some of the buses will be replacements for older buses, but several will be added to the school system’s special education fleet.

Twenty three buses are set to be retrofitted with air conditioning in 2020. In order to be qualified to be retrofitted, the buses must be less than five years old. With the retrofitting, the school system will have half of its fleet upgraded with air conditioning.

At $1.8 million, the biggest project slated for 2020 is a new roof and HVAC upgrades at Black’s Mill Elementary School. It is the first roof replacement for BMES since the school opened in 1998.

Gibbs said a majority of the 2020 projects will be completed during summer months.

“On behalf of the students in Dawson County, I want to thank those that supported ESPLOST 2020,” Gibbs said. “These funds directly impact the children of this community.”