PHOTO: The STEM building at Brentwood High School remains under construction. / RUSSELL VANNOZZI
By RUSSELL VANNOZZI
As Williamson County’s population keeps growing, its school system must do the same.
The district is in the process of completing improvements at Brentwood High School, in addition to putting the finishing touches on three new buildings, including two elementary schools and one middle school.
Recent projects at Brentwood High School include installing synthetic turf at the football stadium, adding a new parking lot, creating an access road along the property’s northern border and constructing a new STEM building.
The access road connects the new parking lot, situated on what was the football practice field, to Granny White Pike. The school system also paid to build a traffic light at the corner of Foxland Drive and Granny White to help direct traffic generated by the access road.
“(The access road) was operational during the last week of school, and it worked out well,” Williamson County Schools Director of Facilities and Construction Kevin Fortney said.
Work on the STEM building began earlier this year and isn’t expected to be completed until late January 2019. It will include 35 classrooms and will allow the school to increase its capacity to 2,000 students, up from its previous capacity of 1,628 students.
“The reason for building the (new) classrooms was to get the (school’s) population up to 2,000,” Fortney said. “These improvements combine to help students, parents and teachers alike.”
Jordan Elementary School, located at 9714 Split Log Road in Brentwood, is approaching its completion and Fortney said the final touches are “progressing well.”
The district also recently approved a topsoil request for the Thompson’s Station Elementary and Middle School campus, which is located off Clayton Arnold Road and will be ready for the start of the school year. The town has nearly doubled its population in the last five years, making the new schools a necessity.
“We just got a certificate of occupancy from the state fire marshall, so we’re good to go,” Fortney said of the two new Thompson’s Station schools. “I would imagine the elementary will have around 500 (enrolled) students, and the middle school (will have) around 600.”