UPDATE: School leaders to hold public meeting on Florence Middle School

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) -  Florence City Schools leaders plan to hold a public work session on the future of the Florence Middle School facility.

That's scheduled to take place in the Florence City Schools Technology and Professional Development Center auditorium at 5:30 PM Tuesday, February 10.

They're are investing time and money into the future of the Florence Middle School campus.

They've hired an expert from Atlanta to evaluate the older building, to see what changes they'll have to make. They will have an architect and maintainance personnel at the meeting to answer questions.

Florence City Schools Superintendent Janet Womack said it's part of their capital plan project. They are inspecting buildings and making renovations as needed.

"Certainly with an aging facility, there are problems," said Womack. "We want to know if the solution is best through repairing, or is that best through replacing or is it a full renovation? And then also, what's cost feasible within that?"

The school board acquired the money three years ago. Now members hope the facility assessment from an Atlanta-based specialist will show them how best to spend those funds. It's all in best interest of the city's students.

"Not only are we providing the best education in the safest environment, but we want to be sure that the facilities are adequate for today's learner," Womack said. "That's who we serve, is the child, and always doing what's best for kids."

School leaders hope to have some data back from the assessments by the November school board meeting. From there, they will move forward on building updates by early spring.

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