Building Projects Update (June 12, 2020)


During the Johnson City Schools Board of Education meeting on June 1, 2020, the board discussed multiple on-going and future construction projects that have implications as Johnson City Schools works toward two 6-8 middle schools for the 2022-2023 school year.

Liberty Bell Gym/Cafeteria

The Liberty Bell gym/cafeteria project is expected to be completed by July 18 with the possible lingering installation of bleachers in the new gymnasium. There is a possibility that the installation of the bleachers may not happen until school starts in August, but the cafeteria and kitchen will be ready for training during the summer.

Roofing Project for Cherokee Elementary & Topper Academy

The contractor expects to begin the roofing project in the middle of June, completing Cherokee Elementary in about three weeks. Work will then begin on Topper Academy, with estimated completion in August 2020.

Indian Trail proposed additions of storage space and science classroom alterations

Construction documents are being prepared to send to the State Fire Marshal’s Office for approval. Bids are expected to be advertised in late June 2020. Construction is expected to start in August/September 2020 with a completion date of spring/early summer 2022.

Elementary School Additions

These projects will likely not be ready for use until fall 2022. Also incorporated into the scope of work for each school are foyer security and an ADA playground section.

South Side Elementary – The Johnson City Historic Zoning approved the proposed additions to the school. The addition of four classrooms is expected to start in August or September and it is a 9-month project. Expected to be completed in Summer 2021.

Woodland Elementary – Two, one-story additions of eight classrooms will be a 16-18-month project. The hopes are to have it bid out no later than Nov. 2020. The project now includes a complete rehaul of the HVAC system, which is nearing 30 years old. The expectations are to have the building completed before Fall 2022.

Lake Ridge Elementary – Thomas Weems Architect is currently working on construction drawings and documents with the completed drawings, documents to be completed in August/September 2020. The addition of eight classrooms is expected to be bid in October/November 2020. This project will take 10-12 months and is expected to be complete by November/December 2021.