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Schools’ renovations cooperative operation

Members of Caroline County’s School Board and Board of Supervisors have taken a team approach toward renovating Madison Elementary and Caroline High schools.

The two boards met jointly Tuesday night to discuss the planned $25 million renovations.

“We can just give you that money and say, ‘great, you got it, have a nice day,’ … which is what the law says, or we can work together, which I think us all around the table would like to do,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Floyd Thomas.

He offered the resources of the county, such as the expertise of building official Kevin Wightman and the county’s attorneys.

Both boards agreed that they wanted the projects to be completed with as few issues as possible.

While that has been the intention with previous building projects, it hasn’t always been accomplished, some supervisors pointed out.

The School Board approved a pair of contracts with OWPR, the architectural firm selected to design the renovations.

The next step is for the school system to receive designs from the architect for the two projects.

The design for the outdoor athletic facilities at the high school is expected in April, Madison Elementary plans in May and the remainder of the design for the high school in August.

School Superintendent Greg Killough said they are working on some “exciting things” with utility companies to make the buildings being renovated more energy efficient.

Renovations at the high school will run about $21 million, and work at the elementary school will cost $4 million.

School officials hope to break ground on both projects by the summer.