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Madison Co. schools get facelifts for new school year

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MADISON, MS (WLBT) - Nearly every campus in the Madison County School District is getting a facelift, but will these construction projects be complete by the time the bell rings?

The first day of school is Wednesday and Sunday we found construction crews hard at work, racing the clock to finish in time.

A $61 million dollar school bond issue passed last year allowing for improvements to all 22 schools. Every elementary school is receiving a science lab. Artificial turf is being set for the football fields at Ridgeland and Velma Jackson High Schools. One of the most extensive and expensive projects is renovating Ann Smith Elementary.

"We're going to get them in class, get them fed, get them safely home , so I can assure you of that. There were four classroom additions and extensive remodeling to the front of that building, that's one of the oldest buildings in the district so we had a good bit of work to do," said Madison County Superintendent Mike Kent.

Kent says all schools will be in session by Wednesday. Construction at Ann Smith might not be finished in time, but it will not affect classes.

The artificial turf at Velma Jackson and Ridgeland High Schools will be ready for the first home games.

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