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The Community Breaks Ground
The community broke ground on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, on Bristol's new middle school. Nearly 150 elected officials, school district staff, students, parents, and other community members gathered as 12 current and future students put on the hard hats and wielded the golden shovels to commemorate the next step of this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

The new school, which will be located on the site of the existing school, is slated to welcome students during the 2021-2022 school year.

The program also included words from Bristol Tennessee Board of Education Chair Jill Harrison, Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable, City of Bristol Mayor Margaret Feierabend, Bristol Tennessee City Schools Director of Schools Gary Lilly, and Vance Middle School Principal Amy Scott. Entertainment was provided by the Vance and Tennessee High School Drumlines and the Vance Middle School Honors Choir.

Some key features of the new middle school will be as follows:
  • Design promotes academic, physical, and social development of students.
  • Learning spaces that allow for a variety of student groupings ranging from the assembly of the entire student body to individual quiet spaces.
  • Flexible features to allow for a variety of active and interactive events to occur simultaneously.
  • 21st century learning environment customized to meet the needs of today’s learner while maintaining the flexibility to respond to tomorrow’s demands.
  • State-of-the-art safety and security features.
  • Well-defined outdoor learning spaces.
  • Use of natural daylighting, a critical element for learning, throughout the facility.
  • Design adaptable to encourage after-hours extracurricular use by school and community groups.
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