Commissioners will hear elementary school proposal

Jan. 19, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

 Lee County Commissioners will hear a presentation from Firstfloor, LLC. on a potential "newly constructed build-to-lease elementary school" Tuesday afternoon.

The Lee County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday — Lee County offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day — to hear a 30-minute presentation from Robbie Ferris, of Firstfloor, LLC. Ferris will be prepared to discuss, in this informational presentation, the Hite Architecture schematics of the proposed elementary school at the site of the old Jonesboro Elementary School, according to an email by Lee County Commissioner Jim Womack included in the agenda.

Womack requested the presentation be included during the meeting because Firstfloor “recently completed a large new middle school for Hoke County that is much more affordable than the standard debt-supported, build-to-own approach most counties use for K-12 and community college facilities.”

The Lee County Board of Education approved its top 10 priorities for construction and repair projects in the upcoming five years during a December school board meeting. The list included a new elementary school at the Jonesboro site, which would bring capacity at the elementary schools down to 100 percent, and a second elementary school. Building the two schools would cost more than $30 million.

Womack attached Firstfloor’s Dragonfly brochure to the email, detailing one of the prototypes of the firm.

“Dragonfly sets new standards in acoustics, daylighting and layout flexibility that affect occupants in powerful ways," according to the brochure. "The solar-paneled roofs and technologies of Dragonfly collect and reprocess energy, rainwater and waste. These regenerative, environmentally-sensitive buildings are sustainable for generations to come. As a cost-effective, prototype system for constructing state-of-the-art school buildings, the Dragonfly model represents the most advanced thinking in K12 design today."

Other agenda items include:

  • An update from the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance.
  • A request from the school board to hire additional school resource officers.
  • Consider contracts for non-emergency Medicaid transportation.
  • Review a calendar for budget procedure calendar.