Ground-breaking and site utilities work is presently scheduled to begin October 2011 with the completion of construction scheduled for June 2013. Students are slated to occupy the space on the first day of school in August 2013. Demolition of the existing building and final site activities will be complete around the end of that same year.
A public meeting was held last night at Martin Luther King Middle School to get community input on the redevelopment project:
About 50 people showed up last night to express their thoughts on what they’d like to see at the middle school. […] Meeting attendees put academic programs at the top of their priority list, followed by technology infrastructure and athletic programs. They also expressed a desire to see more programs and space for the community and after-hours uses.
City resident Shekinah Mitchell said the focus needs to remain on instruction and making sure the school provides every opportunity to help kids compete with their peers in the counties and around the world.