The Carter County Board of Education has accepted bids totaling $535,000 for renovation of Star Elementary School.

The project will result in a new roof on the building as well as additional space for an industrial-sized freezer to the school’s kitchen.

Trace Creek Construction was the low bidder for the project at $484,000 for the roof and $51,000 to add the freezer.

Bids included alternate specifications for both a metal and shingled roof for the building, with a metal roof costing about $144,000 more than the shingled roof.

Principal Charles Baker lobbied heavily for the metal roof, stating that he felt it would be a better option.

“I see all the new residential and commercial buildings being built with these metal roofs. There has to be a reason for that,” said Baker.

“We just sold two buildings as surplus property. Let us benefit from those buildings,” he added.

Board member Randy Steagall disagreed, however, feeling the additional funds gained from the sale of the buildings would be better spent later for improvements inside the school.

“I might be the only one who thinks this way, I think we should use that extra money to help improve the inside of the classrooms,” said Steagall.

The board voted unanimously in favor of the shingled roof option when accepting Trace Creek’s bid.

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 6:30 on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the central office to draft a proposed budget for the next fiscal year.

Joe Lewis can be reached at or by telephone at 286-4201.

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