Mt. Juliet Schools Renovations Schedule On Track

Connie Esh

This is due at least in part to the Wilson County Commission’s requirement the work be pre-bid before they approved the money to pay for the project.

“The commission wanted all the work pre-bid or at least estimated so we were already contacting those bidders before last Wednesday,” Hall said.

Work is being scheduled to start as soon as possible, he added.

It is still the plan to have everything done a ready for MJMS to move into the old high school and for Elzie Patton Elementary School to open in the old middle school building when school starts in August, Hall said.

Regarding work on the school system’s budget, Hall said the situation is very similar. Davis had already started things in motion.“The departments are to have their information in this week, then we’ll start budget meeting with the board,” Hall said. “We should have our budget to the County Commission right on time.”

He did acknowledge that there is a lot to be done but said he thinks with everyone working together it can be done.Work on the new Lebanon High School is also moving forward Hall said.

“We met with the Board of Zoning Adjustments and they have approved the use on appeal and approved the height variance,” he said. “We’ll be meeting with the Planning Commission tonight for their suggestions and approval.”

He said the school board still hopes to break ground in October, if the County Commission approves the funding in this budget cycle. Also on the positive side, Wilson County and Lebanon Special School District appear to be eligible for added funds from the state for the up coming year.

The Tennessee Better Education Program will probably be increasing Wilson County’s potion by $2,387,000 in addition to the $48.4 million they received last year.

LSSD may receive an extra $919,000 to help beef up their programs too. Their share last year was about $11.3 million. Both Hall and LSSD Director Sharon Roberts said they were pleased to receive word this early.

Last year BEP didn’t notify schools about the funding until July, and actually these numbers aren’t final yet either.

The exact amount may be more or less than expected, Hall said. They won’t be final until the legislature actually passes the budget.