The school board can thank the county for sparing the need for a major construction cutting axe.
The county has agreed to advance $80 million of the $86 million in cash that's part of the $1.056 billion capital improvement program. When coupled with $256.5 million in short-term borrowing, school administrators said today there's enough cash for now to avoid having to delay any major construction projects.
Administrators said this good news also means that the multi-year student assignment plan is now back on the table. The difference is they'll include a caveat that the second and third years of the plan are contingent upon getting funding for new schools.
The draft plan will now be released a little later in mid-November to give staff more time to complete the document.
The school system is definitely faring better than the county, which has put the new courthouse and some libraries on hold. School board members did thank the commissioners for providing enough cash.
There will be some cuts. "Life cycle" projects such as replacments of roofs and HVAC systems will be delayed. Money for relocating mobiles and modulars will be reduced.