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Renovations underway at Wechsler School

 

Renovations begin on a historic school in Meridian.  Phase 1 started today.  Built in 1898, The Wechsler School was the first brick public-school building built for African American students using public funds. The Wechsler Foundation hopes to turn the school into a community center.

 

“What we’re getting ready to do is re-do the roof on the 1951 portion of the building.  We’ve been soliciting funds for a long time now.  Now we’re getting to a point where people can actually see something come to fruition.  This is the first step in order to get the building environmentally secure; the first thing we had to do was the roof,” said Edward Lynch, president of the foundation.   

 

Phases 2 and 3 of renovations will include making restrooms ADA-compliant, building a caterer’s kitchen, and doing electrical work.  To fund the project, the foundation says it’s still looking for grants and accepting donations.

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