THE COST OF A MAJOR SCHOOL EXPANSION IN JOHNSON CITY IS NOW OVER BUDGET. SO TONIGHT… SCHOOL AND CITY LEADERS MET TO DISCUSS WHAT TO DO NEXT. LAST FALL, JOHNSON CITY SCHOOL LEADERS BROKE GROUND ON A NEW LIBERTY BELL MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA AND GYMNASIUM. CURRENTLY THE CITY USES USES FREEDOM HALL CIVIC CENTER. THE ORIGINAL COST WAS 8.3 MILLION DOLLARS. BUT AT A MEETING WITH JOHNSON CITY COMMISSIONERS TONIGHT, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS LEARNED CONSTRUCTION COSTS HAVE INCREASED PUTTING THE PROJECT OVER BUDGET. AND NOW THEY HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO COVER THE ADDITIONAL COSTS. 19:27:50 WE REALLY NEED TO GET THE PROJECT COMPLETED SO IT’S GOING TO BE A MATTER OF FIGURING OUT WHAT THINGS ARE CHANGED ABOUT THE PLAN AND THEN HOW DOES IT GET FUNDED.” WE’VE LEARNED THE JOHNSON CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL REVIEW FUNDING OPTIONS FOR THE NEW LIBERTY BELL MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM AND CAFETERIA MONDAY NIGHT.