Tupelo High fine arts building to expand

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A second round of construction at Tupelo High School will include an expanded space for the school’s band, drama and chorus programs.
Phase Two of the construction work that began on the school’s campus this summer will begin sometime during the second semester of the school year.
The fine arts building will be renovated, locker rooms in the gym will be improved and a new entrance will be added in front of the school’s new administration building.
Like last year’s projects, this work will be funded by a low-interest $3 million Qualified School Construction Bond the district received as part of the federal stimulus program. Tupelo also received $3 million last year.
The most extensive work will be done on the fine arts building. Space for the band will increase by 6,800 square feet, including two band rooms and locker rooms for band members.
“The size of the band has grown since the initial construction of the campus 20 years ago,” said Tupelo Executive Director of Operations Julie Hinds. “The needs of the band have grown, and this will give us extra space to accommodate those students.”
In addition to larger areas for choir and drama, the building also will have classroom space for guitar and keyboard and for music theory and strings.
Crews will renovate the physical education locker room and the JV football locker room in the high school gym. That work will include new flooring, painting, lighting, lockers and benches.
About 15 parking spots will be added outside of the J building, which became the school’s new administration building after last summer’s construction. That building also will be given a new entry canopy with large brick columns to match the style of the rest of the campus.
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@djournal.com.