An addition at Winfree Bryant Middle School is a step closer to reality following the approval of $1.7 million in capital project funding.
The Lebanon school board approved a transfer of $1.7 million from the debt service fund into capital projects in order to accommodate the project at its Monday meeting.
“At this point, we need to transfer funds from the debt service to capital projects,” Director of Schools Scott Benson said. “The Winfree Bryant addition is moving along as planned. The bidding process is open until the end of February.”
Benson said they hope to begin construction in March, with a projected completion date of Nov. 3. The proposed addition will include 10 new classrooms spread over three sections of the school.
The purchase of three new buses for the system was also discussed. The system currently has two buses that are past their utilization dates, but the system extended the life of the bus by paying a reutilization fee to be able to keep the buses on the road.
“Tennessee has the most stringent bus guidelines of any state around the area,” board member Andy Brummett said.
Chairman Steve Jones asked if the money for the buses was in the budget, to which Benson replied “it is not in the budget, but it is in line with our long-range plans.”
Brummett moved to approve the purchase pending funds availability. The system will now start accepting bids for the new buses.
In other business, the board approved the adoption of a debt-management policy and also approved on first reading a youth sports concussion policy.
“It is just to put us in compliance with state law,” Benson said. “We are making it official with this policy.”
The board also recognized Margie Hawkins, who was selected as the 2012 Tennessee winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.
Hawkins told board members she will be traveling to Washington in March for a chance to meet President Barack Obama.