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Construction begins on Winfree Bryant addition

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:16 PM

Winfree Bryant Middle School is preparing itself for construction of additional classroom space.

The school is scheduled to have 10 new classrooms once construction is complete, something Lebanon Special School District Director Scott Benson said will "help tremendously" with the school's current crowding issues.

"Winfree Bryant has grown at a pretty good pace since we opened, and this will help relieve some of the overcrowding we have now and hopefully leave room for us to grow," said Benson.

Winfree Bryant Principal Becky Kegley said the construction company came Tuesday to put up temporary fencing and to place the trailer that will serve as its office. The school has also put in place an alternate dismissal plan.

"[Tuesday] we started rerouting our bus dismissal and car rider routes," Kegley said. 

She said the school has also worked with the Fire Marshal on an emergency plan.

"We've got a great plan for emergency exits during construction," she said.

On the down side of things, the school has lost three parking areas, but Kegley said the school is finding additional places for parents and others to park.

As the school year is winding down, Kegley said the school is fortunate that there will be "little disruption. We've given them the dates for TCAP, so there is no disruption during those."

As the majority of the "noisy portion" of the process will take place during summer break, Kegley said that "the way they've got it arranged is going to work very well for us."

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