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Joyce Bullock portables to be replaced

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By Claude Lewis

BRONSON - With the site and design approval for a new structure, Joyce Bullock Elementary School is hoping to put a dent in the six portable structures sitting on the south side of its sprawling campus.

The Levy County School Board members OK'd the plans for a 11,700-square-foot building that will house eight classrooms.

The exact cost of the new building - a combination of the design talents of Paul Stresing and Associates along with M.M. Parish Construction - has yet to be determined.

"The plans still need to go to SWIFTMUD (Southwest Florida Water Management District)," it was pointed out.

The plans have the building 154 feet long and 76 feet wide. Each of the eight classrooms will have their own bathrooms and sinks.

There will be other extras, as they'll be wired for LCD projectors and voice enhancement.

"We'll make the classrooms as technologically ready as we can," superintendent Cliff Norris said. "It saves a lot more money than putting in wiring later."

The board hopes to have groundbreaking in November and have the classrooms completed for the start of school in the fall of 2009.