The STEM building that will serve Brentwood Middle and High schools is scheduled to be complete this month. // Photo courtesy of Williamson County Schools
By JOHN McBRYDE
When the new STEM building at Brentwood High School opens for the start of the 2019-20 school year, students will have access to a 60,000-square-foot facility that features 33 classrooms and laboratories.
Even more so, it is looking like they’ll enjoy the benefits of a partnership with Middle Tennessee State University. Nothing is finalized, but Williamson County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney said Friday that the MTSU administration has shown keen interest.
“Certainly there will be some dual enrollment credits offered in the building,” Looney said. “And we are working on a partnership with Middle Tennessee State University for them to provide some instructors to come and teach some classes there as well.
“[MTSU] President [Sidney] McPhee has expressed interest in the partnership.”
The STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) building, which will be divided with a west side and east side to serve both Brentwood Middle and High School students, is near move-in ready. It’s the first building in the WCS district designated for STEM studies, and also the first to serve both middle and high school students.
“It’s substantially compete,” Looney said. “We will use the building for exams [this school year], but other than that we’re not going to use it because it doesn’t make sense to move into the building for a couple of weeks and then have to clean it up again for next year.”
WCS Assistant Superintendent Jason Golden said at Thursday’s Board of Education work session that most other projects in the district are generally on schedule, but some have been delayed because of wet weather.
This includes the Grassland Middle School auditorium and the Page Middle addition (now scheduled for completion on Sept. 9).
A new building at Scales Elementary is actually coming in ahead of schedule, with May 15 as the completion date.
The district’s newest school, Creekside Elementary on Gosey Hill Road, is still on schedule to open next January, but it has also been affected by wet weather.