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Wilson School Officials Speed Up Construction

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Crews cleaned-up debris at Wilson School, after high winds tore off a roof last Friday.

Now the school board approved a declaration of emergency, which should help get the building ready for the start of school.

The aftermath of a powerful storm at Wilson School revealed a twisted metal roof and water damage.

“Clearly the greatest loss out there was the school,” said Lauderdale County EMA Director, George Graybryan.

The storm left school officials with an unexpected construction project, just about a month and a half before the start of school.

“A lot of times you have to get those facilities repaired, back up and going, quickly,” said Graybryan.

Now this construction project is classified as an emergency, which should have kids walking down these halls, of a repaired school, on the first day of class.

“What that does for you is it has certain processes that you speed things up.  It can expedite how you purchase and what your flexibility is with regard to advertising and that type of thing,” said Graybryan.

Without this declaration, it could take months to decide on which company will be in charge of the construction.  But already, just days after the storm, the board agreed on an architectural firm to start the project.

“Generally speaking in government, we want the widest and largest cast of potential vendors to get your best price point that way but a lot of times, in the interest of the public getting a facility back open, you may have to go through an emergency route on that,” said Graybryan.   

School officials expect the repairs to cost nearly $200,000.