MANTACHIE, Miss. (WTVA) --Itawamba County Schools are getting a face lift.
Costly renovations are underway to make schools appealing, safe and more accessible for people with disabilities.
While leaders said they have been considering some of the upgrades for the last few years, grant money due to expire in January was the motivator.
Itawamba County Schools superintendent Michael Nanney pointed out some of the upgrades underway at one of the schools in his district.
He said construction is going on at almost all of the schools.
"Leaky roofs, bathrooms that were in disrepair, we have security issues on our campus where we are adding cameras, we are working on intercom systems and replacing some doors," said Nanney.
While he said the repairs mentioned are long over due, some repairs are required by law in order for the school to be in compliance with the Americans With Disability Act.
"As buildings get built there is federal guidelines and federal laws that make sure your building is an accessible place at your school," Nanney said.
At Mantachie High School a major overhaul is happening at the field and at the stadium; more bathrooms, side walks and more seating. All renovations will accommodate those who need it.
Coach Lynn Moore said the renovations not only help with the safety of the 3,600 students in the district, but it also helps raise morale in the district.
"We build our program on three things; pride, class and discipline. You got to have something to be proud of before you can have pride in it. And I see a tremendous amount of pride within the community now and the players," said Moore.
Officials have $3 million to spend by January or they will lose it. Leaders hope to have renovations complete by the middle of August.