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Letter to the Editor
Reader offers school advice




Editor:



I read with interest your coverage of the (Farragut) Schools Forum in Thursday’s issue Jan. 29, 2004. I’m pleased you attempted to clear up the confusion caused by some developers. The schools in Farragut are Knox County schools … Mayor Eddy Ford also stated that Farragut is not in the school business.

Just a suggestion! Budget for and acquire enough land centrally located to recent and anticipated growth in the area. Then hire a construction management firm for schools. Except for their valued input, relieve the school administration, principals and teachers from the burden of overseeing the day-to-day design and construction of schools. They have enough to do.

Charge the construction manager with selecting the architect and engineers for the design and development of the plans, the preparation of the detailed estimate of cost, the advertising and selection of the bidders for construction.

Use value engineering when appropriate, as a method to insure the plan can be built as specified and that materials are available. Structural integrity and school safety codes must be planned for and integrated in the plans. If necessary stray underground currents (electrolysis) must be corrected with cathodic protection and bonding of structural iron and utility conduits.

Completion of all planning, design and construction can be accomplished in three years, if everyone involved develops a sense of urgency and resolves to help expedite whenever a snag occurs.

Harry Hogan - Farragut

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