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Expansion project complete at WBMS

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WBMS principal Becky Kegley patrols the new hallway / Dallus Whitfield photo

LEBANON -- Winfree Bryant Middle School Students returned from fall break Monday, Oct. 20 to a bigger school - 10 classrooms bigger, to be exact.

The expansion, which cost around $1.6 million from the system budget according to Lebanon Special School District Director Scott Benson, broke ground in spring 2014 and was completed weeks ahead of schedule.

WBMS Principal Becky Kegley said they originally anticipated to move into the classrooms in November, but were able to move teachers into the seven classrooms starting two days prior to fall break.

The remaining three classrooms will be used to accommodate future growth in the school system. When Winfree Bryant opened in 2011, Kegley said they had 480 students inside of the 118,600 square-foot building, designed by Katz, Binkley, Jones and Morris Architects.

Today they have 612 students. The surge in growth forced teachers to conduct lessons in rooms such as the computer lab, science lab or professional development center, instead of a regular classroom environment.

"Thanks to the expansion those labs will be freed up for students who have projects or experiments to do," Kegley added.

The empty space, Kegley believes, will serve Winfree Bryant students for the remainder of her career - and as she puts it, "I'm not retiring anytime soon."

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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