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Staff, equipment approved for new Mundy Mill school
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Mundy Mill Academy, the new Gainesville elementary school opening in the fall, continues to be staffed and equipped in preparation for the start of the new school year.

On Monday, the Gainesville school board approved a personnel report that included 22 transfer requests to Mundy Mill Academy. Half of the transfer requests were by teachers who will be leaving Gainesville Exploration Academy.

School board member Sammy Smith praised Mundy Mill Principal Crystal Brown for the work she’s doing putting a team together.

“Dr. Brown is putting together a very, very good faculty,” Smith said.

Priscilla Collins, the district’s chief professional services officer, presented the personnel report to the board. She also acknowledged Brown’s efforts to staff the new school.

“In three weeks she interviewed over 53 teachers,” Collins said. “She’s working hard.”

Board members also approved the purchase of playground equipment for the new school. Officials accepted a low bid of $65,968 by Hasley Recreation Inc. of Flowery Branch to install the playground equipment suitable for for students groups ages 2-5 and 5-12.

Chris Griner, the district’s finance director, said the purchase would be paid from 2016 bond proceeds.

School officials expect that Mundy Mill Academy will be completed and have a final inspection by the end of May, according to a district timeline posted online.

The school for students in kindergarten through fifth grade will cost approximately $17.4 million to build and is located inside the Mundy Mill neighborhood on Millside Parkway. The two-story school will have a footprint of about 130,000 square feet.