By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – The Corinth School District is quickly moving to reserve $5 million of Mississippi’s remaining balance of $19 million in Qualified School Construction Bond funds to complete capital improvement projects at Corinth High School, Corinth Middle School and the school district administrative office.
The school board passed a resolution Monday granting Superintendent Lee Childress authority to submit an application for the funds.
Childress also submitted a lengthy list of potential projects that the board will begin to prioritize when members begin making site visits to the three locations today.
Additional QSCB funds became available when some school districts had to return money awarded to them from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, said Angelo Nuzzo of the Mississippi Department of Education.
The funds are available on a first-come first-serve basis, Nuzzo said, and the application maximum was increased last year from $3 million to $5 million.
The Corinth School District is nearing completion of projects funded by $3 million of QSCB funds awarded in 2009, when Mississippi received its original allocation of $132 million.
“The district will be able to make major renovations and repairs to the Corinth High School, Corinth Middle and Corinth central office,” reads the district’s application. “In addition, a new softball complex for girls athletics will also be constructed. This will address many of the issues being faced in buildings that are between 20 and 60 years old. This will address almost all of the campus needs in the school district.”