Gainesville Middle School’s west campus has now poured most of its concrete slab, Presnell said, and it has some steel beams as well. It will be 190,000 square feet and include a multipurpose field for sports such as soccer and football. Despite the planned cuts to the system budget, additional jobs will continue to be allocated for the new middle school, Williams said.

The new middle school will also allow for the removal of the modular unit currently in use on Gainesville Middle School’s east campus, Niles said.

Niles is excited about a number of upcoming projects, including a three-story academic building whose first and second floors will be added to the new entrance area that will lead to the cafeteria on the first floor and the media center on the second floor.

They also laid the foundations for starting a center for student activity that will be in its own building, Niles said, and those projects will eventually phase out the center for ninth grade and centralize things more.

The center will house a gymnasium, locker rooms, meeting rooms, offices, classrooms, space for the marching band and the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

The center for student activities is slated to be completed by August 2022, Presnell said.

The tentative budget for the school system is $ 74,795,151 for 2021-2022. Public hearings will be held on June 14 at 6 p.m. and June 21 at 5 p.m. at 508 Oak St.