The Madison County Board of Education plans to review at its Aug. 2 meeting construction bids for a new sixth grade school building that will be built on the grounds of Mannsdale Upper Elementary School.
Earlier this month, the Madison County Board of Supervisors approved rezoning the property at 371 Mannsdale Road that the school will be built on from R-1, a residential estate district use, to SU-1, a special use district for educational institutions.
The supervisors also approved the site plan for the building.
The new school is tentatively planned to open in January 2023 or August 2023.
Charlotte Seals, superintendent of the Madison County Schools, wrote a letter on Oct. 8, 2020 to parents notifying them of the plans for the new school.
Seals wrote that district “originally planned to build a sixth grade school adjacent to Germantown Middle School to accommodate all of the sixth grade students in the zone. Due to property zoning complications and the prohibitive expense of purchasing land at an alternate site, creating a zone-wide sixth grade school was not feasible.
“Thanks to innovative thinking, a better long-term strategy was adopted: Madison Crossing students will remain at that campus for sixth grade, and Mannsdale students will attend sixth grade in a new building on the Mannsdale site. Students from these two schools will join together for seventh and eighth grades at
Germantown Middle School. The implementation of this new plan will likely impact students currently in the fourth grade and younger.”
Madison Crossing was originally built to house a K-8 elementary and middle school and the building has ample classroom space, “exceptional” resources, Seals wrote. The district planned to study the facilities to determine any necessary additions or modifications.