Lee County Schools move construction plans forward

TUPELO – The Lee County School Board took action Tuesday on two projects being funded through federal stimulus money.
The board approved the addition of six classrooms at Guntown Middle School and the hiring of Pryor-Morrow architectural firm, which designed the sixth-grade building to which the addition will be attached.
The district has about $600,000 to spend on the project, which is tentatively slated to be completed in the spring and ready for the 2010-2011 school year.
The extra classroom space is sorely need at Guntown, which already has a large sixth-grade class, said Principal Steven Havens.
“The next class is even bigger,” Havens said. “It’s just in time.”
The board also approved an intermediate resolution on the central air conditioning project, which is expected to cost $2.4 million, said district financial director Randy Thweatt. The project is slated to begin in October and continue through the spring.
The district will replace about 145 window units at schools across the district. Only the four newest schools – Saltillo High School, Mooreville Elementary, Saltillo Primary and Shannon Primary – are completely covered by central units.
Both projects are funded through the Quality School Construction Bonds program. The district qualified for $3 million in loans that have to be repaid over 13 or 14 years. Schools in Northeast Mississippi qualified for about $30 million in the bonds for renovation and construction projects.

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