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Wilson County schools back in session

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School in Wilson County is back in full-swing.

Despite the current expansion project at Tuckers Crossroads Elementary, second year Principal Anna Raines reported that students and teachers had a hiccup-free first day back on Monday, August 1.

"The students and teachers were very excited and had a great day. No issues, really," Raines said. "Yes, we are in construction, but everybody goes with the flow and does what they need to do. We are excited for a great year and what we are going to have when the building plan is done."

Construction on the school addition began in June.

The expansion renovation of Tuckers Crossroads, as well as Gladeville Elementary, got the green light from the Wilson County School Board in May 2016. Similar projects at Watertown and Southside schools were put on hold due to lack of funds, according to an earlier article in The Wilson Post. The board voted 3-2 to approve the work at Tuckers and Gladeville.

Raines explained on Tuesday that the expansion includes five new classrooms, new locker rooms, office area and gym.

"We will get a new cafeteria seating area in the old gym and an art room and a band room in there. The current music room is turning into The Learning Center, which is for our teachers' babies that aren't (old enough to be) enrolled in school yet," she said.

The new office area will change the entrance to the school building. They are also getting a science lab.

Tuckers Crossroads ended the 2015-2016 school year with 425 students. Raines said they welcomed 410 students back to school on Monday and expect that number to rise in the coming weeks.

She commended teachers on a job well done.

"We have a great staff and I would stack them up against anybody," she said. "They are an awesome group. They all work together. Anytime you need anything, they jump in and help out."

Check out Friday's edition of The Wilson Post for a feature on the renovations at Gladeville Elementary.

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