Lee County proceeds with school bond project

Education stockBy Chris Kieffer

Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Lee County School District has moved forward with its first project from the summer’s bond vote.

The School Board voted on Tuesday to allow Pryor & Morrow architects to begin seeking bids on the construction of a new building at Plantersville Middle School. The project is one of many construction and renovations throughout the school district that will be funded by the July 30 vote to allow the district to issue $13.5 million in new bonds.

The Plantersville project is the first to move forward to the bidding phase. With Tuesday’s vote, the firm will finish making the specifications for it and will advertise it for bidders on Oct. 14 and Oct. 21. Bids will be opened on Nov. 14.

The project will include a 6,550-square-foot building with five classrooms, two student restrooms, a teacher restroom, a teacher workroom and a storage closet. It will be located behind the school’s cafeteria.

The project also would demolish some older buildings on the school’s campus.

The architecture firm is still determining a time frame for the other projects and how to balance them around the school year. Because the Plantersville project is less complicated than some of the others, it was able to be started more quickly.

chris.kieffer@journalinc.com