Officials break ground on middle school project Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 May 2017
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This is an artist rendering of what architects expect the exterior of the Waynesville Middle School project to look like. School officials hope to tie the design to that of the Waynesville Sixth Grade Center. Artist rendering/Dickinson Hussman Architects

By Derek Gean
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The Waynesville R-VI School District has officially broken ground on Phase 1 of a remodeling project for Waynesville Middle School.

Area leaders gathered at the school May 11 to celebrate the upcoming construction which will result in the remodeling of 120,000 square feet of space.

Phase 1 of the project is scheduled to include construction of an academic wing that will allow four teams per grade level to occupy each floor. It will accommodate 960 students and include classrooms for language arts, math and social studies. There will be science, technology, engineering and math classrooms including laboratories and 12 supporting classrooms on each floor.

“In addition, the academic wing will also include dedicated classrooms for special education, reading assistance, foreign language, computer technology and health,” said Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent. “Each level will also include an extended learning center that
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From left, St. Robert Mayor George Laurtison, Col. Tracy Lanier, USAG Fort Leonard Wood commander, and Mike France, mayor pro tem of Waynesville, took part in the ceremonial ground breaking for the Waynesville Middle School May 11. Photo by Marianne Ward, Waynesville R-VI Marketing

will be used as a flexible instructional area that will promote student collaboration and the development of long-term projects.”

According to Butch O’Riley, school board president, the facility will also include a new library/media center, and a 5,500-square foot lunch facility.

Following Phase 1 of the project, officials hope to continue the project over three phases. The goal is to preserve the newest parts of the school, including the gyms and replacing the oldest parts which date back to 1957. Officials expect the new academic wing to be completed in August 2018. Throughout the construction, they said they expect all sections of the current middle school to remain open.

“Academics are our top priority and that’s why we are starting with the academic wing,” Henry said in an earlier statement.

The academic wing’s exterior is expected to match that of the Sixth Grade Center, with officials hoping to tie the two projects together.

Col. Tracy Lanier, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood commander, represented the installation at the ceremony.