Four active construction projects are currently on time and on target to finish in fall 2020! We’re only about 10 months away from substantial completion at McNary High School, North Salem High School, Judson Middle School and Waldo Middle School.

Here are highlights of the progress so far:

McNary High School – The replacement tennis courts are complete, and floors for the classroom addition on the north side of the building are filled with foundation concrete. Most of the exterior walls are up on the south addition near the main entrance, with roofing work in progress. Turf has been installed for the replacement softball field.

North Salem High School – Concrete flooring has been poured in the new career and technical (vocational) education space, which will include the Woods Manufacturing and Health Services programs. The walls for the main gym are at full-height, and walls for the locker rooms and new classroom wing are beginning to go up. Also, the culvert pipe needed to be relocated due to bond work. Relocating the culvert pipe was a sizable task and was done in order to adapt North’s site drainage to the new building layout resulting from construction.

Judson Middle School – Foundation concrete has been poured for the new classroom addition, the multipurpose fitness room and the cafeteria expansion. The first few columns are up for the cafeteria expansion, and the structural material for construction of the classroom addition is being positioned on the foundation concrete.

Waldo Middle School – The foundation is being leveled where the new classroom addition and multipurpose fitness room will be. The cement has been demolished to begin foundation work of the cafeteria expansion. Work is also being done on the underground utilities near the commons.

Sixteen MORE schools start construction in 2020! Ten of the 16 are considered “major projects,” which means they will have an expansion or major renovation. These ten schools are Auburn, Cummings, Eyre, Hayesville, Hoover, Miller and Scott elementary schools, Claggett Creek Middle School, and McKay and South Salem high schools. Most schools plan to begin work in June 2020, with South Salem, Hoover and Miller planned to begin work during spring break 2020.

Another 17 schools are planned for construction in 2021. Eight schools are considered major projects. Most of these schools will enter the design phase early in the next calendar year (2020). A Design Team that consists of representatives from areas in the school planned for construction will be formed and will meet with architects to create a schematic design for the school. Design teams will look a little different at each school depending on the work planned.

Thanks to the support of our community, every school will see improvements in the 2018 Bond Program. Students will have safer, less crowded and more productive learning environments as they work and grow towards graduation.

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