Students and parents heading back to Scales Elementary School in Brentwood will notice a few visible changes as they walk the hallways this year.
After a year-long renovation process, Williamson County Schools hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at Scales to showcase the school’s completed renovations and expansion. Many elected officials from both the county commission and school board attended.
Scales Principal Dr. Melonye Lowe shared that since 1977, the school has gone through three renovations and expansion projects, this one being the largest.
“Today, we’re proud to provide an additional 10 classrooms, a new office suite, a relocated and expanded library with learning commons, and a cafeteria expansion,” she said.
The school also received a prestigious honor last school year, Lowe explained.
“Scales has been known as a pillar of the community and has achieved many accolades over the years,” she said. “This past year, Scales accomplished another very notable milestone as we were named a National Blue Ribbon School.”
Williamson County Schools Superintendent Jason Golden explained the Scales project was a part of the district’s strategic plan, which helps guide the board toward funding new schools and expanding others.
“We as a school system went back and looked at all our existing schools and tried to figure out what could we do better,” he said.
With over 800 students attending Scales this school year, Golden said the expanded capacity of the school is now comparable to newer schools built throughout other parts of the district.
“We’ve made it brighter, we’ve made it more open and we’ve made it more available to students,” he said.
One staff member who’s been at Scales from the beginning is bookkeeper Sandy Webster.
She may not have grown up in Williamson County, however, Webster has called it home since 1974.
“I chose to be here, and I absolutely love this school,” she said.
Webster transitioned from the corporate world, and since then has enjoyed working every year with staff, teachers and the students at Scales.
“There have been lots of changes,” she said. “People change, facilities change, but the heart of the school never changed.”