- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SHANNON, Miss. (AP) - The construction a new two-story classroom building and a cafeteria at Shannon High School is planned for after students leave for the summer.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1aBqjTO) that the construction is funded by part of a $13.5 million bond issue approved by Lee County voters on July 30.

Superintendent Jimmy Weeks said bids will be reviewed in March. Construction will begin after an art building and a football concession stand are torn down.

A new 11,000-square-foot cafeteria will be built on that spot with space to seat at least 300 students and with a stage that can be used as an auditorium. A concession stand with restrooms is expected to be completed before the start of the 2015-16 school year.

The school’s existing cafeteria and auditorium then would be demolished during the summer of 2015, and a new two-story classroom building will be built on its location.

That building will contain 19 classrooms. Next to it will be an entrance to the school’s football field. Weeks said he hopes that phase will be completed in time for students to move into the new building in January 2017.

The bond issue will fund projects at nine schools.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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