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Chris Sanders removes topsoil Tuesday morning at Carroll-Oakland Elementary for part of the future parking area. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

Carroll-Oakland Elementary has extended an invitation to the community to join in their “Kickoff to Construction” at 4 p.m., Thursday, July 31.

The 2014-15 school year is scheduled to begin on Friday, Aug. 1, and before the school renovation and expansion is in full swing, Principal Carol Ferrell wants parents and students to gather in the gym.

“We have chosen to gather in the gym for our Kickoff to Construction because it will be the first part of our current building to go. It will be converted into two parts – a library-media center and kitchen space,” she explained. “A lot of folks in the community went to Carroll-Oakland and this gives them a chance to say goodbye and see what we are doing.”

Other parts of the renovation will include converting the current library into band and choir space.

Ferrell said that pre-construction on the parking area is already in the works and that when the new addition of 16 classrooms, a new gym and office suites are completed in July 2015 the school will have nearly doubled in size.

“We have been working out of 14 portable classrooms and were just so packed for space,” she said of the need for expansion. “We have 650 kids enrolled for this school-year, and we are enrolling more every day.”

Funding for the project, which will cost about $15 million, was approved by Wilson County Commission in June. The contractor is RG Anderson, the same company that constructed the new Watertown High School and Lebanon High School.

While construction is under way, Ferrell said Carroll-Oakland faculty and staff will try their best for it to have a minimum impact on students. They plan to hold physical education classes in a classroom and work with LHS to use its athletic facilities for home games and practices. They will also be altering traffic patterns.

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