Smithville to go ahead for school reconstruction

By The Associated Press

SMITHVILLE — The Monroe County School District can go ahead with the reconstruction of the Smithville schools.

Superintendent Scott Cantrell tells WTVA-TV that the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is not pursuing landmark status on any of the three buildings damaged by the April 27, 2011, tornado.

Cantrell says they hope to demolish the old buildings. He says district officials also must meet with FEMA on plans to rebuild the schools.

Cantrell says construction has started on a new physical education gym and fieldhouse and an agriculture shop.

He says bids are being accepted on interior renovations on the high school building and the fourth, fifth and sixth grade building plus a technology building.

Officials say they hope to have the work completed by August 2013.

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