Folks got a chance to say goodbye to parts of Carroll-Oakland Elementary on Thursday during a Kickoff to Construction that preceded an Open House.
Principal Carol Ferrell said that in its 36 years the gymnasium in which they were gathered had meant “a lot of things to a lot of people” and that it would be the first part of the school to be renovated into a library and kitchen space.
Ferrell recognized members of the Wilson County Commission who were in attendance and thanked them for voting “yes” on the $15 million project that would create a new gym to seat 1,000 and create new classrooms, eliminating the 14 portable classrooms they have used in recent years due to an increase in enrollment.
District 6 County Commissioner Kenny Reich and Zone 5 Board of Education Member Larry Tomlinson also spoke in support of the project.
“It is going to be a different school when this is complete next year,” Reich said.
Tomlinson added that the school held a special place in his heart because it is where his daughter went to school. “In 1978, I walked a little girl in this school for kindergarten. She is still getting up every morning and going to school because she is a teacher,” he shared.
County Mayor Randall Hutto said the renovation and new construction was because of “people making it happen.”
RG Anderson is the contractor for the project which is to be completed in July 2015.
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