Winfree Bryant Middle School will soon gain additional classroom space in the near future as the school has plans to add 10 new classrooms to the campus.
Lebanon Special School District Director Scott Benson said the classrooms will be divided among three sections of the school.
“We are going to add 10 classrooms: four classrooms in the North hallway, and four in the South hallway and two on the East end,” said Benson.
He said the addition will help “tremendously.”
“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.
He mentioned that the school district converted Castle Heights Upper Elementary from a fifth- and sixth-grade school to a pre-kindergarten to fifth grade school when Winfree Bryant was built.
“When we converted Castle Heights to pre-k-5, we created some space,” he said. “By doing this, we create the same thing at Winfree Bryant.”
The original talks regarding the construction of the new middle school included an alternate plan that would have included an additional six classrooms when the school was built, but the system chose not to use that plan at the time.
“That would have been two classrooms on each end,” said Benson.
“I think Mrs. Kegley is excited about that decision,” he said. “Not only will she be able to place students appropriately, but she can get everybody together like she wants it.”
Kaatz, Binkley, Jones and Morris of Mt. Juliet are the architects for the project, and plans are currently being drawn up. Thompson Steed is the projects contractor.
“We hope to break ground and start construction sometime in February,” Benson said.