group shoveling dirtThe FSSD is excited to get some of its capital projects under way. Groundbreakings occurred on September 9th for two projects on the Poplar Grove campus. The first is the addition of a gym for Poplar Grove Elementary. Currently, one gym is being shared by Poplar Grove Elementary and Poplar Grove Middle. This sharing of gymnasium space has caused many scheduling conflicts, with the elementary physical education departments having to defer to a multi-purpose room for its classes, special events, programs and assemblies when the gym is occupied by the middle school physical education classes and events. Also, the current gym is heavily used by athletic teams and upper school drama practices, which makes finding open gym time very difficult for Poplar Grove Elementary.

The new gym will be 22,800 square feet with 480 bleacher seats in a mezzanine setting overlooking the gym floor and new locker rooms for both home and away teams. While the new gym will primarily serve the elementary school, the locker rooms will connect with the current gym, so that the middle school athletic teams will also be able to use them. The gym floor will be striped for basketball and volleyball, as well as cross court basketball practice. Additionally, a large multipurpose room will be available for use and doubles as a tornado shelter.

group shoveling dirt at PAC siteConcurrent with the gymnasium project, construction of the FSSD Performing Arts Center (PAC) is also now under way. This 34,400 square-foot auditorium will be available for any FSSD school to use for students to showcase their talents as well as for some community performances. The new PAC will be built at the north end of the Poplar Grove Middle School and will include a 485-seat auditorium with a multipurpose stage, fly loft, and performance support spaces, including a pre-performance space, changing rooms, and a prop shop. In addition, the PAC will be home to an FSSD Legacy Gallery where the district’s long history will be celebrated.

Both projects are expected to be completed in early 2022.

To see the video or more pictures of the groundbreakings, please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FranklinSSD