The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education approved a flood plain improvement plan for Statesville High School at Monday night’s board meeting. The measure was approved in a 6-1 vote.
Ken Poindexter cast the no vote.
WC Construction Co., LLC, out of Winston Salem was awarded the bid for $1.372 million.
According to Capital Projects supervisor Scott Hager, the project will help to get all buildings on the home side of the stadium out of the flood plain. The end result will be a new building housing concessions and restrooms.
Right now, Hager said when Free Nancy creek floods, numerous utility items and supplies in the current concession stands and restrooms are damaged. By building a new structure out of the flood plain, Hager said, the school would be able to keep supplies and items such as freezers and coolers from being destroyed every time it floods.
In order to fix this issue and raise the new building above the current flood plain, roughly 40-foot piles will have to be driven into the ground to support the footing area of the new building. Hager told the board just the part of the project supporting the footing area of the building to keep it out of the flood plain will cost more than $200,000.
The project will also include a new drive and new Americans with Disabilities Act approved parking with a bus loading and unloading area as well as a new high jump area on the east end of the stadium.
While the project will seek to remove the concessions and bathrooms from the flood plain, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities and Planning Dr. Kenny Miller said the flooding issue will not be stopped. Miller told the board that the city and the corp of engineers were the only two entities with the power to address the flooding caused by Free Nancy branch.
Miller assured the board the funds for this project will come out of capital funding with no impact to the taxpayers of Iredell County.
In other board news:
» The school board voted to move public comments from the end of the meeting to the beginning of the school board meetings starting Nov. 4.
»The board agreed to look at and vote on a $200 raise for all classified employees beginning next month.
Bill Howell attempted to bring the motion to a vote at Monday’s meeting but was informed board rules and policies prevent voting on financial matters unless the matter is on the approved agenda.