Construction began this week on the new Oktibbeha County School District central office building.
Crews from Anco Construction of Corinth began moving equipment onto the site Monday as they prepared for construction, but experienced delays Wednesday due to rainy weather.
Construction is expected to last approximately 15 months, Oktibbeha County Administrator Don Posey said.
Oktibbeha County School District officials have used a facility along Louisville Street, next to Dirt Cheap, as their central office since Hurricane Katrina damaged the former OCSD education building in 2005. The former education building was located in the same spot the new facility is being built, near the corner of D.L. Conner Drive and Main Street, behind Mugshots.
Operating out of the shopping center on Louisville Street has presented its share of problems, OCSD Superintendent James Covington said Wednesday, from parking to privacy issues.
“Because it”s an open setting, we”re using cubicles and there”s not a lot of privacy,” Covington said. “That”s going to change tremendously. People will have their privacy to conduct whatever business needs to be conducted.”
Parking in the shopping center also is an issue, Covington said, and the new location will solve that problem. Covington is excited about the new two-story, 8,500-square-foot structure.
“It”s a long time coming,” he said. “We anxiously await the completion of the building so we can go ahead and have a stable environment for the operation of the school district.”
The building will cost approximately $1.75 million.