High School near completion

Whit Carpenter Community, Featured

 

The construction of the system’s new high school is now 66 percent complete, according to the weekly project update provided by Parish Construction Group.

“It’s moving along well,” said Nelson Hale, chairman of the Board of Education. “Hopefully, everything is on track for the October move in.”

The new high school will open over fall break, with students returning to a brand new state-of-the- art building when classes resume.

Construction on the middle school will begin soon after and will be completed in December of 2019, according to Dr. James Woodard, the school superintendent for Morgan County.

“The progress of the high school/college and career academy is tracking with time and funding projections. This project will transform educational opportunities for students,” Woodard said.

The guaranteed maximum price (GMP) for the high school and middle school is $46,119,240, said Woodard. However, this does not include furniture, fixtures, technology or the additional projects for the auditorium.

At the current time, the auditorium seats, lights, sound and curtains have been worked back into the project.

Additionally, the bypass connection between Main Street and East Avenue has begun construction. “We are attempting to complete in the Fall 2018,” Woodard said.

The capital campaign to cover the additional costs has raised $337,000 in pledges and $185,000 in cash, as well as a dollar for dollar match.

Three local service groups recently donated to the capital campaign.

Leadership Morgan Class of 2018 raised $2,060 in support of the project. Madison Lions Club donated $5,600 to buy furniture and other necessities for the Daily Living room, which helps special needs students. Madison Kiwanis Club donated $3,000 to purchase a row of seats for the auditorium.

The school is still seeking to raise a total of $1.5 million. Woodard expects to reach the goal by spring of 2019. “This is only a projection,” he said.

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