As students returned this week to local schools, a few stepped into construction zones as their schools are in the process of renovations and upgrades.
Gladeville Elementary was the second school approved for a renovation and expansion project by the Wilson County Board of Education in May. The other school approved was Tuckers Crossroads Elementary.
Gladeville Principal Monica Fox said the construction, which started in June 2016, is coming in the nick of time.
Gladeville Elementary ended the 2015-2016 school-year with 576 students and as of Wednesday, Aug. 3 welcomed 657 students back-to-school.
The project will add six new classrooms, a new office area and new gymnasium to the school.
Prior to the start of school, Fox said an orientation night was held - giving a civil engineer the opportunity to provide them with a map for traffic flow to work around the construction. "Traffic flow is the only thing affected at this time," she said.
"We have fantastic families and lots of communication sessions... We are making tweaks every now and then with the traffic flow. It's just been a big partnership with everybody. Cooperation and team work is what has made it happen."
Fox, who started her 14th year as principal this week, said the whole school is excited about the addition.
"It is an exciting time for Gladeville," she said.
As reported in Wednesday's Wilson Post, the other school approved for renovation and expansion, TXR, will be getting a new cafeteria, five new classrooms, office area and gym. Construction at TXR also started in June.
Similar projects at Watertown and Southside schools were put on hold. The county commission will consider funding those projects when it considers the upcoming school budget.