Demolition has begun at Pepperell Middle School to make way for a brand new $20 million school on the same property at 200 Hughes Dairy Road. Superintendent Jeff Wilson says demolition is in track as of Friday. Look for demolition and cleanup to continue over the next few weeks. Construction on the new school will follow with a targeted opening date of January 2021.
During the construction, sixth and seventh grade students will be attending McHenry, while eighth grade students will be housed at Pepperell High School. Floyd County Schools have distributed a letter to rising 8th graders and parents at Pepperell Middle School about the upcoming transition to Pepperell High School for the 2019-2020 school year while the new middle school is under construction. Click here to read entire letter.
Meanwhile, the new gym at Armuchee High School is taking shape as part of the modernization upgrades to the school funded by the new Education Special Location Option Sales Tax package.
The E-SPLOST V package was approved by voters in November 2017 as a 1-cent sales tax that will began collections on April 1, 2019. Of the $80 million total package, Floyd County Schools will receive an estimated $48.8 million and other $31.2 million going to Rome City Schools.
The gym is part of seven major renovations planned at AHS, which include:
- A newly designed school entrance, along with new office and administration area.
- A new exterior design that includes a new raised roof in the hallways to allow for more natural lighting throughout the school
- A new auditorium featuring new floor, seating, lighting, new sound system, new sound and lighting control booth and new décor.
- A new media center that would be relocated to the current administrative area featuring latest media technology.
- A revitalized stadium to include enhancement to home stands, new visitor stands, new sod for field, new eight-lane latex competition track, new modern concession stands and new modern field house for athletes.
- A new gymnasium with stadium seating for 1,200 and sight lines to enhance fan experience.
- The lunchroom will be modernized with new kitchen and dining area.
FCS received a $10 million bond to begin work on AHS before tax collections began. The total cost estimate for AHS projects is $25 million. Construction on phase 1 of renovations at AHS began in November 2018, which includes the new gym, pumphouse, new water retention and stormwater management system and electrical upgrades.
The first phase of construction is expected to be completed this December.