What progress is being made on construction projects for Gainesville schools; plans for the next budget

The west campus of Gainesville Middle School has now poured most of its concrete slab, Presnell said, and it also has steel beams. It will measure 190,000 square feet and include a multipurpose field for sports such as soccer and football. Despite the planned budget cuts for the system, additional positions will still be allocated for the new college, Williams said.

The new college will also allow the removal of the modular unit currently in use on the Gainesville Middle School East campus, Niles said.

Niles said he was excited about a few upcoming projects, including a three-story university building with the first and second floors attached to the new entrance area, which will lead to the cafeteria on the first floor and the media center. On the second floor.

They’ve also started laying the foundation for a student activity center, which will be its own building, Niles said, and those projects will eventually phase out the ninth-grade center and make things more centralized.

The center will house a gymnasium, locker rooms, meeting spaces, offices, classrooms, space for the marching band and the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

The student activity center is expected to be completed by August 2022, Presnell said.

The provisional budget for the school system totals $ 74,795,151 for 2021-2022. Public hearings will be held June 14 at 6 p.m. and June 21 at 5 p.m. at 508 Oak Street.

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