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School district races to keep up with population boom in Williamson County

Posted at 3:28 PM, Mar 06, 2019

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Williamson County School district is fighting to keep up with a growing student enrollment due to a population boom.

Jason Golden said, "With growth, construction is a reality because we have to build to accommodate it."

Golden is the deputy superintendent for Williamson County schools. He said they're enrolling an extra 1,200 to 1,400 students a year right now.

The building expansion project at Page Middle School will cost $10-million according to the director of construction.

Kevin Fortney said, "Our growth rate is running somewhere in the neighborhood of 4% in the schools each year."

In addition to construction at Page Middle School, they're building an access road to the stadium at Page High to help with traffic congestion. The expansion project at the high school will cost taxpayers nearly $23-million according to paperwork.

Golden said, "It's a little less expensive to do some expansions than a full blown new school building."

There's about a dozen active projects across the district right now.

Fortney said, "We have to have a place to put these children."

They're also working to build at least 3 new schools at this time.

Fortney said, "I think the biggest challenge is keeping everybody on schedule within our budgets."

Crews hope to have the new Page Middle School building open by fall.

Golden said, "We're growing at a significant rate, one of the things we're experiencing is, it's a very attractive community to come to, all of Middle Tennessee is really attractive right now."

To learn more about other construction projects in the district, go here.