The Wilson County Board of Education received an update on the Gladeville-area middle school project during last week’s work session.
Wilson County Deputy Director of Schools Mickey Hall presented renderings of the future middle school and highlighted possible alterations. The school will be built at 8275 Stewarts Ferry Pike in Gladeville.
Hall said the school would house sixth- through eighth-grade students with a capacity of about 1,500. He said the school would be a combination of several schools, but would resemble the new high schools, but on a smaller scale.
He said one of the most notable differences from high school designs would be two spiral staircases in the school’s main hall, instead of just one near the school’s entrance and a hidden staircase further down the hallway. Hall said the change would ease some management issues, as well as lower the overall square footage.
“Basically, the way you see the building right now with three alternatives is about 186,000 square feet,” Hall said.
Hall said the Wilson County Commission’s decision to use 9 cents instead of the proposed 15 cents of this year’s property tax increase for the project influenced the decision to have alternate designs.
“If the whole building project comes in at a higher number than the 9 cents, it’s not because we missed it. It’s because we went from 15 cents down to 9 cents,” said Hall, who said alternative designs included the elimination of some classrooms, athletic facilities, club spaces and more.
Hall and the commissioners expressed the desire to make sure the Gladeville middle school students had access to the same facilities as other county middle schools.
Hall said the school would alleviate crowding issues at West Wilson and Mt. Juliet middle schools.
“If I had the building today, Mt. Juliet would go 1,136, West Wilson would go to 1,060 and Gladeville would be 988,” Hall said.
Hall said the goal is to turn over the plans to the design team and have the project out to bid in February with construction starting in May. Construction would last two years before school doors open.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said due to the Veterans Day holiday, the bond resolution would likely not appear before the full commission until December.