School updates should be completed soon

Published 6:00 am Monday, January 19, 2004

Students at West Lincoln and Enterprise Attendance Centers maybe using new facilities as early as February, according to schoolofficials.

Although Superintendent Terry Brister has not been given atimeframe by the contractor, he said that “by walking through theschools, I can say that they are in the final stages.”

Brister made a tour of the construction Tuesday, he said, andfound that all that remained were small “odds-and-ends” jobs, suchas laying carpet or painting a few walls.

“They’re basically complete,” he said. “If you just walked inthem you would think they were.”

Before students can begin the process of using the facilities,however, they must be inspected and approved by the contractor,Paul Jackson and Son, and findings presented to the Lincoln CountyBoard of Education. Board members must also inspect and approvethem, he said.

“I look for February, with these last few weeks given to thesmall details, odds-and-ends, and cleaning,” Brister said.

Construction at the schools was funded by a $3.8 million bondissue, which also included expansions at the Bogue Chitto and LoydStar campuses. Construction on those campuses was completed priorto Thanksgiving, and students moved into the facilities after theholiday break.

“We’re real pleased with the work at Loyd Star and BogueChitto,” said Board of Education President Johnny Hart. “I’mconvinced these schools will be very nice also and give us four newadditions we can be real proud of.”

At both West Lincoln and Enterprise, a new classroom buildingwas being constructed. Other construction includes a new officecomplex on the Enterprise campus with renovations to add officespace at West Lincoln.

“It’s looking good,” said District 4 Board Member Steve Rushing.”We’re really excited about it. We’ve been looking forward to thisfor a number of years. We’ll be glad when they can get in it.”

The bond issue and resulting construction should have thedistrict prepared the future, Hart said.

“The project was projected ahead to cover growth, so we shouldbe set for a good while,” he said.