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Hamilton County Schools looking for community input on how to spend money

HCDE has created an online survey to learn what is important to the community as a whole, rather than ask about specific projects or schools. (Image: MGN)

The Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) recently learned it will soon have $100 million to spend, and now it wants to hear from you on how it should spend it.

HCDE has created an online survey to learn what is important to the community as a whole, rather than ask about specific projects or schools.

Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson says, "We feel it is extremely important to garner community input around areas that are important in relation to our capital needs."

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HCDE says the four areas they are obligated to focus the funds on are growth, making buildings more efficient, buildings that are beyond repair and maintenance that has been put off.

Officials say they will combine the results of the survey with the approved needs list from the past school year and information from the Regional Planning Authority and neighboring school systems to decide on how to spend the money.

HCDE says it will also have the all facilities in the district evaluated by an independent reviewer to develop a long-range building plan.

HCDE says more money will be needed to get the buildings up to standard and prepare for future growth but they will do their best to maximize the use of the $100 million.

You can take the survey here.

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