TUPELO • Now that students have vacated most local school buildings for the summer, schools in Tupelo and the greater Lee County area are receiving upgrades and building maintenance before school starts again in the fall.
Tupelo Public School District confirmed the plumbing at Rankin Elementary School needs some maintenance as the plumbing system is 60 years old. Work on the plumbing was well underway this week.
Also this week, Joyner Elementary had handicap-accessible ramps installed.
Tupelo Public School District Director of Operations Charles Laney confirmed several school buildings, particularly the elementary schools, would receive maintenance work this summer.
In Tupelo, all schools will receive summer pressure washing and five schools will have some painting work done to include Parkway, Pierce Street, Thomas Street, Lawndale and Milam Elementary schools.
The administrative offices at Parkway and Lawndale schools will receive some new flooring. Pierce Street will receive some roofing work and Lawhon Elementary will get new asphalt shingles.
Parking lot repairs are on the agenda for Thomas Street and Pierce Street Elementary, as well as Tupelo Middle School.
Renovations to Joyner Elementary for a special education department to be relocated to the site have been slated and plumbing repairs to the main office and a restroom for special education students have been scheduled as well.
Carver Elementary will receive additional student desks and chairs this summer. And some drainage work, to include erosion repairs, will be completed in the Lawhon Elementary School playground.
Laney also confirmed earlier this month that Rankin Elementary School’s kitchen would also receive grease trap repairs.
Assistant Superintendent Coke Magee said this week that several Lee County Schools will also receive some summer building maintenance.
The Old Main building at Verona Elementary is being renovated after sustaining water damage from heavy storms in the fall. Magee said the Verona building will be an ongoing project that will not be completed in the summer.
The Belden Center alternative school is also being renovated and will receive exterior work to include gutter upgrades and replacing rotting soffit.
New LED lights are being installed at Saltillo Primary and High School, Mooreville Elementary and Shannon Primary School.