School Board authorized spending up to $110,000 Thursday to replace boilers in two schools that are among the ones identified as needing new heating and cooling systems in a recent capital needs assessment.

Dandridge Elementary is operating without its heating system this morning — despite temperatures expected to dip into the teens this week — and White Pine School’s boiler is failing, Director of Schools Dr. Shane Johnston told Board members. HVAC systems at both schools, installed when they were built in 1985, are recommended for replacement under an independent architect’s report that lists $31.3 million in immediate needs system-wide.

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