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Local committee working to restore Northside school for community use

April 16, 2014

By Josh Presley

A group of West Point residents are trying to preserve an important cultural landmark in the community.
The Northside School Buildling Restoration Committee is in the process of renovating the former Northside High School on Fifth Street to use for community functions.
Northside School Building Restoration Committee Chairwoman Louise Terry said the project is supported by a Mississippi Community Heritage Preservation grant derived from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
“We’re just now beginning the first phase of restoration,” Terry said. “We’re having some of the roofing redone on the classrooms and Weathers Construction Company out of Columbus is doing that work for us.”
Terry said the cost of the repairs to the roof is $114,250.
“We received grants which totaled $96,000, which wasn’t enough to cover the roofing expenses,” she said. “So we went back to Department of Archives and History and their board of trustees approved an additional grant of $18,250.”
Terry said Weathers Construction expects to have completed work on the room within three months, though developers had not factored in the recent rain.
Terry, who graduated from Northside in 1954, said the restoration committee was deeded the school in 2004 when the building was condemned and set to be torn down.
“They signed over the deed to us provided we restore the building and keep up the insurance and use it for special purposes,” she said. “I thought the community could benefit from it.”
Northside School Building Restoration Committee Co-Chairman Louis Odneal said that there is a lot of history in the building.

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