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Restored high school could be used for municipal school offices

Collierville officials are planning a $2-million restoration project for the town’s old high school at the corner of W. Poplar and Walnut streets.
Town Administrator James Lewellen said Thursday night during the monthly meeting of the Planning Commission that work on the 77-year-old building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, should be in “full swing” by next spring.
“The intent is to basically restore it to its original look,” Lewellen said.
Besides the removal of the HVAC system and the installation of elevators for handicap accessibility, Lewellen said the structure will look just as it did in 1936 when it was completed under the Works Projects Administration.
Lewellen said funding for the restoration project has been earmarked in next year’s general fund as a capital investment.
Lewellen also noted that the building will likely be used as administrative office space for the superintendent and staff of the town’s municipal school district.
“If we are able to open up next year,” he said, “that is where the administrative offices will be.”
Lewellen said the administrative staff for the school district will include between 25 and 30 people.
“We won’t make a decision with any of that until we know where we are with our school system and what our needs are going to be,” he said.
n In related news, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously Monday night during a special called meeting to establish a school board.
The board will be comprised of five elected officials who will serve four-year terms. However, three of the first-ever board members will serve for three years, while two serve one-year terms.
The base salary for the board members will be $2,400 annually.

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