Wharton and Webb meet to trim Arlington school costs

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton's in-box is filled with work---on the top of the stack---cutting cost at a school that hasn't been built yet.

The Mayor met with County School Superintendent Bobby Web to talk about ways to trim the cost of building Arlington High School.

The closed-door meeting lasted about an hour-and-a-half.

Superintendent Webb says he and the mayor talked about more ways to squeeze or defer the costs of Arlington High School.

Webb said, "Our objective there since the other day would be to try and move this thing down so that the tax-burden would be decreased another penny on rural bonds, we think we can build the school and defer some things by doing that."

County commissioners approved 45-million dollars to build the new school, but asked the school board to cut the cost by up to six-million dollars.

Superintendent Webb hopes to have Arlington open by the fall of 2004.