Superintendent in Hot Seat

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

Students and teachers agree, renovations at Waynesboro High School were long overdue. From added classes to a cafeteria, the school has a whole new feel.

But the project went more then $600,000 over budget and now city council wants to know why.

"They were concern that we over spent an original allocation that had been provided in their minds at the start of the project," said Dr. Lowell Lemons superintendent of Waynesboro Schools.

Vice Mayor Jack Higgs thinks that's unacceptable. He and the other council members have asked the state's Attorney General to investigate Lemons' spending.

"I had no knowledge of any cost overrun in the renovation of Waynesboro High School until I say it in the paper and Dr. Lemons made a statement," said Higgs.

Higgs claims that council never gave Lemons permission to go over budget, but former school board chair Patty Wright says they were made aware.

"There are two components to this overage," said Wright. "One is deciding to put in the new windows which was a little over $400,000 and then having a structural that needed to be taken care of on the floor between the old cafeteria and library."

Former council member DuBose Egleston says council knew all along the project would go over budget.

"We knew all along there was going to be some overruns at the high school," said Egleston. "They did some other projects and took care of things that was not in the original budget."

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