The latest construction plans for these Hall County schools
Hall County School officials discussed preliminary construction plans for West Hall Middle School, Sardis Enrichment School and Lyman Hall Elementary School on Monday at the school board meeting.
Plans are underway to improve the West Hall Middle carpooling line, as well as to improve access to McEver Road. For now, school officials said, the school is virtually hidden from the main road and upgrades will make it more visible and accessible.
The neighborhood also plans to renovate the “core” of the Sardis elementary school – which includes the administration offices and the cafeteria – and possibly extend the left wing of the building so that it attaches to the slender northern section. The building is around 50 years old, officials said. The project would cost between $ 8 million and $ 9 million, according to Matt Cox, executive director of facilities and construction.
The Lyman Hall project would be “much more complicated” than Sardis, said Cox, who said he and the other architects had drafted more than a dozen potential site plans. Classrooms are small, much less than 700 square feet, and the walls are thin. The layout is such that various rooms cannot be fully utilized for their designated purpose, and students and staff find themselves moving around to do with the space they have.
Officials appeared to suggest that the projects would be funded by CARES funding. Officials noted that CARES funds are to be used by September 2024, as required by federal guidelines.
The meeting was held at the Martin Technology Academy to celebrate and visit the new Multimedia Learning Center, which serves as a library, multimedia room and general workspace.
Previously, students used a giant green leaf as a makeshift green screen. From now on, the commons have a dedicated room where students can film the morning announcements and work on other media projects. The school received its STEM certification from the state in 2016, and the space was renovated primarily to support the school’s STEM enrichment programs. Programs include Lego robotics, gardening, and aerospace engineering, and vary by grade level.
The students have also partnered with Kubota and Harris Products Group, which help students build race cars, for example, and make them as aerodynamic as possible.