PARIS TN: Proposed high school renovation would cost about $eight.7 million – Paris Post Intelligencer

Almost 50 years in the past, Henry County High School was thought-about a tremendously fashionable school, with its futuristic spherical-constructing pod design becoming proper in with a society that was seeing America put a person on the moon.

The school opened within the fall of 1969, simply weeks after Neil Armstrong uttered his well-known phrase about “one small step for man.”

However, in 2017, many individuals within the county really feel the school is getting a bit drab and worn. Whereas a alternative school or a complete renovation are a bit too expensive to contemplate proper now, school officers do need to gussy up what they will: the entrance of the constructing, the band room, the library and a number of other athletics areas.

County Director of Faculties Brian Norton, together with members of the county Board of Schooling, introduced a plan for a significant renovation of HCHS Monday on the courthouse, as members of the Henry County Fee joined within the casual work session.

The top consequence: The plan will significantly improve quite a few areas of the school, however it'll include a price ticket of about $eight.7 million.

Norton stated the undertaking “will meet the wants of our college students and our services for years to return.”

He selected to interrupt the undertaking into two components: upgrades to the school itself and athetic division upgrades. Inside these two principal divisions, there are a number of definitive areas that would be addressed.


The plan would enable places of work for counselors, nurses, school useful resource officers and different directors to all be introduced into one principal scholar companies space, close to the place the present entrance of the school is.

This administrative space would embody a safe space the place guests would enter and wait till given permission to enter.

The design of the entrance entrance would additionally change, as Norton stated “this would take some roundness out of the constructing.”

This portion of the undertaking would be probably the most time-consuming half, stated Jerry Hartsfield, principal architect with TLM Associates, which has been engaged on the plans with the school board.

PRICE TAG: $three,907,713

“This is likely one of the most enjoyable adjustments to me,” Norton stated. “Libraries have modified significantly because the days when it was a spot to go for quiet and for locating books. Now we have teams in there working nearly on a regular basis.

“This undertaking would make the library extra open, extra useful and would present better entry to know-how that’s accessible in there.”

New furnishings would be positioned within the library and a brand new entry would be created.

PRICE TAG: $395,000

A brand new entry to the gymnasium from exterior would be added to the southeast facet of the health club, full with a cover.

The health club flooring might be changed, and a brand new air con system might be positioned within the health club together with the mandatory electrical help. A brand new sound system can be deliberate.

Hartsfield stated the air con would must be accomplished first earlier than a brand new flooring could possibly be added, as a result of local weather can impact flooring.

PRICE TAG: $,090,000


“We’re actually assured that our high school band goes to proceed to develop,” Norton stated. “Our objective is to succeed in some extent the place we will serve 100 eighty band college students, and that’s not doable in its present location.”

Norton stated your entire band can’t even observe collectively contained in the school now — that the percussion college students need to be in a single room and everyone else in one other room.

The plan is to have a wholly new band constructing, separated from the present rooms, and constructed southwest of the soccer observe discipline.

PRICE TAG: $979,000


The prevailing band room would now not be used for that function. It could possibly be used for school rooms, lecturing house or for know-how labs. The rooms would be renovated to suit these functions.

PRICE TAG: $150,000


Numeous areas are proposed for upgrades inside the athletics division:

• Fieldhouse additions — Norton needs to develop the fieldhouse on each ends, with the burden room being enlarged on one finish and a guests’ dressing room added on the different finish.

“It simply wants extra space,” he stated of the fieldhouse.

• Spring sports activities dressing rooms — A brand new constructing would be added south of the baseball discipline. Athletes in sports activities equivalent to baseball, softball, soccer, observe and cross nation would have locker rooms inside through which to dress.

The constructing would additionally embody restrooms.

• Concessions stand — Norton stated the present concessions stand on the soccer stadium would be torn down with a brand new one going up in the identical spot.

“It didn’t make sense to renovate the present concessions constructing. It’s simply too small,” Norton stated. “Any of our civic teams who've labored in there promoting concessions will let you know that.”

Restrooms would be included within the new constructing. There aren't any restrooms within the present concessions stand.

• Guests’ bleachers at soccer stadium — Norton stated the present visiting facet bleachers are in dire want of being changed. A brand new set of bleachers would be constructed with capability for ,000 followers.

• Resurfacing of observe — The observe going across the soccer stadium would be repaved.

PRICE TAG: $,425,000

When all these areas are put collectively, and prices equivalent to architects’ charges are added in, the underside line reveals a cost of $eight,749,710.

Requested if a twister-secure house had been thought-about as a part of the undertaking, Norton stated the school board has been working just lately beneath the idea that there was no funding accessible from the Federal Emergency Administration Help (FEMA) or Tennessee Emergency Administration Help (TEMA) for such a undertaking.

Nevertheless, Hartsfield stated he heard simply Monday that some FEMA funding had been accredited for an Obion County undertaking.

Norton stated he’ll be checking into whether or not that funding may be accessible.

Requested whether or not HCHS’ enrollment has been going up, Norton stated no, that it has leveled off and been very steady the previous couple of years.

“This undertaking is required due to the expansion in packages, not a development in enrollment,” Norton stated.

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