Gainesville Schools approves new $24 million facility

The Gainesville School Board approved several construction projects on Monday.

The board approved $24 million for the construction of a new, three-story, 103,807-square-foot college building at Gainesville High School, with 47 classrooms, labs for science, marketing, business and production video and two art rooms. It will connect to the kitchen, cafeteria, and media center, and eliminate classes at the Ninth Grade Center. It is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023 and will be funded by bond proceeds.

“This will complete all of our bond projects,” Superintendent Jeremy Williams said.

Over 2,000 feet of new fencing has been approved for Gainesville High School. It will start at the Valentine Center, wrap around the practice ground pavilion and along the perimeter from Century Place to Elephant Trail. The project budget is $480,593.

A new turf will be laid at Bobby Gruhn Field at Gainesville High School for $155,000.

The band building at Gainesville High School will be renovated at a cost of $115,000, including painting, flooring, plumbing and lighting. Council Treasurer Sammy Smith opposed the project.

Gainesville Middle School East will receive new audio systems in all of its classrooms at a cost of $225,800.

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