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Councilman Russ Pulley, who represents the Green Hills area, will host a meeting Thursday, June 14, at 6 p.m. to update the community on developments at Hillsboro High School. According to the councilman, the project—which is in the first of three phases—is moving along as scheduled.
Here are a few things to know ahead of Thursday's meeting, which will be held in the library at Hillsboro High School (3812 Hillsboro Pike):
What are the phases of the project?
Phase 1 (current)
The construction of a new 110,000-square-foot concrete building that includes a new kitchen and cafeteria, gymnasium, library and classrooms.
Renovation of the remaining classroom and administrative areas totaling approximately 140,000 square feet.
Construction of a new football stadium and track, softball fields, tennis courts and parking lots.
Is the project within budget?
According to Pulley, the $89 million renovation of Hillsboro’s campus is currently within budget.
"We had some budget struggles with this project ... it came in significantly out of budget when they sent the bids out, so we had to work around that issue," Pulley explains. "We ended up losing a floor, but we were still able to get what we wanted out of the project."
What can residents expect out of construction this summer?
Crews will begin blasting for rock excavation within the next three weeks, Pulley says. Other construction work this summer will include:
- Construction crews will install fill at the old football field to raise the elevation of the finish grade for the new field.
- The installation of the new storm drain line from Richard Jones Road
- The pouring of concrete columns
- Crews will continue installing underground utilities and plumbing
Keep up with projects details here.
What is the timeline?
Students will remain in the building along Hillsboro Pike during the 2018-19 school year, but Pulley anticipates that the new building will be ready for students by spring 2019. The first phase of the project will be complete.
Fall 2019-August 2020
Construction will begin on the front facility during the 2019-20 school year. The buildings portion of the project is expected to be complete by August 2020. Crews will then begin the final phase of reconstruction.
August 2020-Fall 2021
Following the completion of the buildings, Pulley says athletic fields and exterior projects will take another year to complete. The Hillsboro Burros, the school’s football team, will return to the new stadium in fall of 2021.
Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.
She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.