Gloucester supervisors voted by a 5-1 margin earlier this month to appropriate $114,798 in unspent FY 2013 money from the county’s general fund to the school operating fund to refurbish eight tennis courts at Gloucester High School and begin engineering a separate bus loop at Achilles Elementary School.
The action was taken at the board’s Dec. 3 meeting in the colonial courthouse; Ware district supervisor Andy James cast the lone vote against the appropriation.
The request was initially on the board of supervisors’ consent agenda, but was pulled out for discussion at the request of at-large supervisor Ashley Chriscoe.
“I pulled it out for one reason,” Chriscoe said. “I don’t disagree with the allocation of this funding, but it is spending taxpayer dollars.”
Gloucester’s director of financial services Nickie Champion said the two projects have been in the school system’s capital plan for several years.
Of the reallocated funds, $65,000 would be used toward refurbishing the tennis courts, on which the playing surfaces are rapidly deteriorating. School superintendent Ben Kiser said the current condition of the courts is beginning to pose a safety hazard to school children and the members of the public who use them.
Champion said if the actual cost of refurbishing the tennis courts is less than expected, the remaining funds will be applied toward the bus loop project.