By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Construction is nearly complete on a building that will house Tupelo High School’s band, chorus and drama programs, among others.
The newly-renovated fine arts building is part of a $2.4-million project paid for by low-interest bonds the district obtained as part of the federal stimulus package. The money could only be used to fund construction.
The project, which will be ready before school starts on Aug. 4, includes new locker rooms in the gym, a culinary arts classroom and a new entrance to the administration building. Its focal point is the renovated fine arts building.
“This summer’s construction projects involved athletics, music, band and culinary arts,” said TPSD Executive Director of Operations Julie Hinds. “The new and renovated buildings will provide necessary and appropriate space for students to excel in these programs.”
The renovations to the fine arts building, D building, are the first that building has received since it was built in 1993. They include a new 6,500-square-foot band hall.
The THS band will still use most of its old band hall as a secondary space. Both rooms contain new lockers for instrument storage and acoustical padding on their walls.
In addition to renovated rooms for band, chorus and drama, the D building also has classroom space for strings, music theory, keyboarding and guitar classes.
In the school’s gym, the P.E. lockers were redone with new lockers, refurbished floors, a fresh coat of paint and extra toilets added where showers used to be. The rubber-floor gym was also given a new surface.
Meanwhile, the teacher workroom in the vocational building was turned into a classroom for the school’s new culinary arts program. A new teacher workroom was also created in the building.
The work, which is being done by Century Construction, also includes a new entrance to the school’s administrative building.
Letters labeling the building were attached to the exterior and a large brick tower was built in front of it to mark that building as the campus’ primary entry point for visitors.
The parking lot in front of the administrative building was given 18 new parking spots for a total of 27.
THIS SUMMER’S construction project at Tupelo High School included:
– Renovating the fine arts building with space for band, chorus and drama, as well as for strings, music theory, keyboarding and guitar classes.
– Renovating the P.E. locker rooms in the school’s gym and a new surface for the rubber-floor gym.
– A new culinary arts classroom, with kitchen equipment, in the vocational building.
– A new entrance to the administrative building and new parking spots in front of that building.