By Chris Kieffer
SALTILLO – Construction projects at Saltillo Primary School and Saltillo High could begin during the spring.
Both are among the projects throughout the Lee County School District funded by a $13.5 million bond issue approved by voters on July 30. The school district held a meeting at Saltillo High on Monday night to update residents on the progress of the projects on its northern end.
The Saltillo Primary renovation would include six new classrooms, an expanded cafeteria to seat about 150 extra students and a new P.E. building.
At Saltillo High School, a two-story addition will add 12 classrooms and a new section near the cafeteria would add seating for 200 to 240 more students.
The renovation also would allow a new entry system.
About 25 people attended Tuesday’s meeting.
“We wanted to show people in each of the communities we’d do what we said, which was show them the plans before construction,” Superintendent Jimmy Weeks said.
These would be the second and third projects to proceed. The district could be ready to open bids on the primary school project at the beginning of January and on the high school at the end of January. Some work could begin before the school year ends.
The district already has received bids for the construction of a new classroom building at Plantersville Middle, and those bids could be approved at tonight’s school board meeting.
It will hold a public meeting at Shannon High soon, Weeks said, and one at Mooreville High later.
The bid process on those projects will begin after those meetings.
Weeks said the plans at Guntown are currently on hold while the district learns the fate of a historical building on the school’s campus that can no longer be used because of termite damage and the presence of black mold. Damage to the building was discovered after the district’s original construction plan.