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November 30, 2022

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FSSD Celebrates New Gym and Performing Arts Center

A new Poplar Grove Elementary School gym and Franklin Special School District Performing Arts Center.

Franklin Special School District (FSSD) announced Friday the completion of the new Poplar Grove Elementary School gym and the Franklin Special School District Performing Arts Center (PAC). To celebrate the grand openings of both facilities, the district hosted two ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Friday, May 20, 2022.

Staff, students, school board members and community members attended the gym and performing arts center’s ribbon-cutting ceremonies and had an opportunity to tour both facilities following each event. As part of the PAC celebration, a stone engraved logo was revealed on the building façade and the FSSD Legacy Gallery, a 650-square-foot, curated installation that celebrates the history of the school district since its inception in 1906, was opened.

For years, Poplar Grove Elementary and Poplar Grove Middle shared a gym, which caused scheduling challenges and created the need for an alternate space to hold physical education classes, sporting events, and large school gatherings. The elementary school’s new gym includes a full-size basketball court, two cross-court practice courts, a volleyball court, four-square courts, and 480 seats for students and spectators. Additionally, the gym features a concession stand, multiple locker rooms, teacher offices and a multipurpose room that doubles as a storm shelter.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 3-year-old Ezra.