By LANDON WOODROOF
Scales Elementary School is about to get larger, after an expansion plan for the school was unanimously approved by Brentwood’s Planning Commission Monday night.
The plan will result in the construction of a new 18,449-square-foot addition at the front of the school. This addition will contain 10 extra classrooms, bringing the school’s total to 46 classrooms.
The added space will allow the school to significantly increase its capacity. That capacity currently stands at 715 students, although there were 786 students enrolled as of a couple of months ago.
With the new construction, Scales’s capacity will grow to 900 students, which should be enough to meet the needs of the area’s student population in years to come, Williamson County Schools Director of Facilities Kevin Fortney said at Monday’s meeting.
Planning Commissioner Sandi Wells asked if the addition would lead to the removal of three portable classrooms that are currently at the school.
Enoch Jarrell, of Huddleston Steele Engineering, Inc., said that it would.
“That’s the whole goal of this, to get the portables off the site,” Jarrell said. “To get kids in the classrooms.”
The plan for the school also calls for turning the current library space into a cafeteria and for turning the school’s current administrative area into a new library. A new administrative area is included in the expansion.
Adding to the front of the building also means that new parking areas will need to be constructed.
Engineers are asking for a variance to allow a reduction of buffer space between the school and Murray Lane to accommodate the plans for the building.
“There’s really just not room to do what we need to do,” Jarrell said. The plan is for a significant amount of landscaping to be done in the buffer area to block the view of the new parking lots and the school from Murray Lane.