A jazz concert, a preview of the upcoming Christmas production of "Elf," and an emotional Mt. Juliet Middle School Principal Tim Bell all took center stage at the unveiling of MJMS's $2.8 million renovation Tuesday evening.
"I'm so very proud of what we have to offer now," Bell said before the ceremony.
Wilson County Schools Deputy Director Mickey Hall was on hand. He was thrilled with the christening.
"It's all redone," he said. "All up to codes. A new heat and air system. This can fit 1,000-plus people."
Along with a new auditorium that will debut the production "Elf" this season comes new bathrooms. They are a big deal, said Bell.
"We are all about the kids," Bell said.
Along with a sneak peek at "Elf," the choral program sang an African song with drums. At the same time as the unveiling, the school's basketball team was playing. Bell said it was a great mix of fine arts and sportsmanship.
Wilson County Schools Director Dr. DonnaWright joined the stage to thank all who worked and paid for the enhancement.
"I saw the pride and joy of these performers," she said. "We are thankful for the county commission for this investment. It's a true transformation that will last a lifetime."
"This is the first of many projects, plus new construction," Wright said.
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