By Chris Kieffer
MOOREVILLE – If work proceeds as planned, Mooreville Middle School could have a new administration building by this time next year.
The Lee County School District held a meeting at Mooreville High on Monday night to discuss construction projects on that school’s campus that will result from last summer’s passage of a $13.5-million bond issue.
The primary project there would tear down the old kindergarten building located in front of the middle school campus on Road 1429 and replace it with a four-classroom building that also could house administrative offices and give the school a more recognizable entrance. The current building also has four classrooms.
Currently, the school’s office is in the middle of campus, and architects noted moving it would help with security.
Residents at the meeting expressed concerns, however, that the plan does not do enough to allow for growth on the middle- and high-school campuses.
“The School Board is not looking at the future growth in Mooreville, and we are throwing a little money at a huge problem,” said Mooreville resident Jon David Sullivan.
Mooreville’s Cindy Henry said she was worried about student-teacher ratios growing too large and kids falling through the cracks.
Lee County Superintendent Jimmy Weeks said their concerns were warranted but that other areas of the county also are seeing growth.
The Mooreville projects will cost about $1.1 million. Weeks said the district determined how money from the bond issue would be spent by making a list of the greatest priorities across the district.
“We had a lot of needs all over the district, and the bond issue was not enough to meet all the needs we have,” Weeks said. “What we were able to do is meet the most immediate needs.”
Weeks will discuss the Mooreville project with the School Board at its meeting tonight, he said. It will determine whether to make any changes and then set a timeline for work.
The other project at Mooreville will build a new concession stand to be used by band, baseball and softball, as well as a baseball dressing room. Its construction has been delayed by weather, Weeks said.
Parents expressed concern it would not be ready in time for the Aug. 29 home football opener, noting food sales are an important fundraiser for the band program. If it isn’t ready, Weeks said, the district will make alternate plans for a band concession area.