Shelby County School Board: Southside floor plans set for preview

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Warriors Way path also up for discussion

By Todd Martin

Shelby County Public Schools will get the ball rolling with the new building project at the site of Southside Elementary at Thursday's regular meeting at Wright Elementary at 7 p.m.

K. Norman Berry Architects will be on hand to provide the board with an early look at some floor plan possibilities.

"These are very, very, very preliminary ideas because nothing is finalized yet," said Kerry Whitehouse, the district assistant superintendent for operations. "The board had asked to see where we are, so we've put together some early looks."

Whitehouse said the topographical survey on the property is not complete yet, so these plans are just options the board can think about as it goes forward.

"These are based on a lot of different factors, including some designs from other districts that we've toured, whether or not we want a two-story or a walkout, and then we have to decide what's going to fit best on our site. What's going to be the most feasible for the site we have?"

The presentation, Whitehouse said, will be "a footprint at best."

But as the first step in the district's newest building project, Whitehouse said it's exciting.

"It's exciting because we're revitalizing an existing campus, and we're getting something new for the community in that area," Whitehouse said.

Safe routes

The board will also hear a presentation on the Warriors Way Safe Routes to Schools Project.

A grant the district looked into applying for as far back as 2008, now finally appears to have funding again.

With the board's blessing, the district hopes to earn a grant that will help build sidewalks that connect the Northside community to the sidewalks that run along Warrior's Way, providing students a safe way to walk to school.

"And in the future, if we can work everything out, our goal is to connect it to Warrior's Trail so students can walk from Magnolia Place and other areas if their parents wish," Whitehouse said.

Also on the agenda, the board will:

  • Hear a presentation from the Wright Elementary Principal Lynn Gottbrath.
  • Consider approval of BG-1 for the new Southside project.
  • Consider a positive first reading of Shelby County Public Schools Policies revisions and review Administrative Procedures revisions.
  • Have a closed session to discuss the possible future acquisition or sale of real property and the discussion of legal issues.