Sevier County funds school computers, land purchase

Aug. 21, 2013 @ 11:07 PM

The county commission funded a couple of items it has already approved Monday during its regular meeting.

The commission had already agreed to pay $4.5 million for new technology for county schools, and to pay $7.5 million for the new industrial park.

Monday, the group took action to make payments on both fronts.

Commissioners agreed to issue $4.5 million in bonds to pay for the new computers and other items, which will be used as the county gets ready to take part in the Common Core curriculum.

The state has agreed to take part in the program, which is designed to develop higher standards nationwide for teaching math, English and other skills. The program calls for students to take standardized tests online, and the county needed hundreds of new computers and other technology to prepare for it.

The commission agreed earlier this year to pay former commissioner Kenneth Whaley about $7.5 million for a 115-acre tract of property near Interstate 40.

Monday, commissioners voted to transfer funds to the Public Building Authority, which will in turn pay Whaley.

Officials said they hope to complete the closing on the property this week.