Busy Summer for Murfreesboro City Schools

Summer brings a busy schedule for Murfreesboro City Schools. The CHOW (Combating Hunger on Wheels) program offers free breakfast and lunch. Plus, contractors and educators move quickly to complete construction of the new Overall Creek Elementary School.

CHOW

Murfreesboro City Schools is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) at sixteen locations. It offers free healthy meals for children 18 years of age and younger without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap.

Eleven of the locations are city school' sites, while the other five are served from the CHOW bus (Combating Hunger on Wheels).

Children do not have to register in advance, simply stop by any of the locations and enjoy a healthy meal. Breakfast and lunch are served Mondays through Fridays starting May 27th and continuing through August 1st, with the exception of no meals served on July 4th.

Location            Breakfast Lunch
Franklin Heights Center 8:30-9:00     11:00-11:30    
Oakland Court Center 9:00-9:30 11:30-2:00        
Patterson Park 10:00-10:30             12:00-12:30      
McFadden Center 10:00-10:30             12:30-1:00          
Black Fox Elementary 8:00-8:30                        11:00-11:30        
Mitchell-Neilson Elementary 8:00-8:30               11:00-11:30        
Northfield Elementary 8:00-8:30               11:00-11:30        
Bradley Academy 8:00-8:30               11:00-11:30        
John Pittard Elementary 8:00-8:30               11:00-11:30        
Hobgood Elementary  8:00-8:30               11:00-11:30        
Cason Lane Academy 8:00-8:30               11:00-11:30        
Olive Branch Church (mobile bus site)     7:45-8:05 11:00-11:20
Stone Creek Apt. (mobile bus site)     8:15-8:35 11:30-11:50
Rolling Acres Apt. (mobile bus site) 8:45-9:05               12:00-12:20
Allen Chapel (mobile bus site)            9:20-9:40               12:40-1:00
Searcy Street Park Ent. (mobile bus site) 10:00-10:20               1:20-1:40        

Overall Creek Elementary

Murfreesboro City School's thirteenth new facility is nearing completion and Principal Don Bartch told WGNS News that everything will be in place for the opening of the massive campus for a half-day of classes on August 6th. The first full-day will be Thursday, August 7th. Class hours for the new Overall Creek Elementary School are 7:30 each morning until 2:30 in the afternoon.


(above photo was taken mid-May, 2014)

Completion of Overall Creek Elementary Is Near

City School Director of Communications Lisa Trail told WGNS News, "The tentative date for the contractor to turn the building over to us for occupancy is July 31st. (Certified Substantial Completion) We expect furniture, library books, other equipment and technology to be placed in school on July 15th."

Safety and Convenience

Access to Overall Creek Elementary School is off the wide Veteran's Parkway. To assure that nearby subdivisions are not inconvenienced with congested traffic, the Mooreland Lane intersection is being dramatically widened, all the way up to the school's entrance.

Student safety is integrated throughout Overall Creek. Since the school is two-stories tall, educators are able to stand at one end of the complex and easily see activities at the opposite end.

And with the school having two-levels, it is the same square footage of of the city's other 1,000-student campuses, but the roof is half the size. Plus, Murfreesboro's Johnson-Bailey Architects incorporated a gabled roof in the design, instead of a traditional flat roof. This should dramatically reduce maintenance costs.

Learning Space

The two-story complex is an educational dream come true. Each classroom has its own bathrooms, first floor classes have an emergency exit in each room, and a giant 60+ inch touch-screen TV's will enable teachers to present videos to students in high definition. 


(above photo was taken mid-May, 2014)

Principal Bartch stayed within budget while making the campus a showplace for modern education. In fact, he had on-going consultations with teachers about whether to have tables and separate chairs or traditional school-chair-desks would be better? They chose desks with separate chairs. Bartch told us that he was able to get aesthetically pleasing designs and colors, while saving significantly over what was budgeted.

Efficient

Overall Creek Elementary School is designed to be environmentally friendly. Classrooms have huge windows to allow plenty of sunlight. Plus, over 300 geothermal wells are scattered throughout the property. They go thirty-plus stories into the earth to cool and heat the massive complex.

Good Help

Biscan Construction in Brentwood's Maryland Farms built Overall Creek Elementary School. Their website notes that for 28 years, the firm has specialized in educational, industrial, commercial, health care, retail and religious construction. 

Since the campus is on a creek, its mascot is the otter. School colors are a deep, rich shade of purple and gold. The creative group of Barker & Christol Advertising worked with Murfreesboro City School staff to design the logo.

Again, all Murfreesboro City Schools will re-open for the 2014-2015 school year for a half-day on Wednesday, August 6th. The first full-day of city school classes is Thursday, August 7th.

 

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