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School’s out, construction’s on.
Without having to contend with school operations, construction crews are in full swing this summer in order to have North Oldham High, Oldham County High and Locust Grove Elementary schools ready for the start of school Aug. 13.
School board architects told the Oldham County Board of Education Monday night that a lot of work remains to be done, but those three schools should be ready for the start of school.
Out of all the current projects, architect Aric Andrew said he is least confident about completion of a two-story addition to the front of NOHS in time for school.
“In all honesty it’s going to be a mad dash to get that interior buttoned up and cleaned up in time for school to start,” he said.
He said he has been working on a contingency plan with principal Lisa Jarrett. He said students should be able to cope with any unfinished work, as they already have dealt with construction throughout the last school year after construction began in August.
Crews are currently painting and installing ceilings and windows.
He said the stadium at NOHS is coming along well. The asphalt track has been laid, and sod is scheduled to be laid this week.
Cafeteria and media center renovations and a new gymnasium are scheduled for completion in January. A new arts wing and a four-classroom addition are scheduled to be finished by June. The $25 million addition and renovation will increase school capacity by about 500 students, along with bringing facilities up to a high-school caliber.
Andrew said Locust Grove should be finished by the start of school with a minimal amount of work to be finished up after hours during the school year, but nothing that should interfere with school running smoothly.
“We feel really good about [construction crews] being finished,” he said.
He said the exterior brick is finished on the $14.7 million, 700 student school on the same campus as East Oldham Middle School, the roof is 90 percent complete and crews are laying the floor and painting the interior walls. Construction began in June 2007.
Jim Ewalt, school board director of facilities management, said renovation at Oldham County High School – including a new administrative area, media center and cafeteria – should be complete for the start of school.
He said is it is impossible to guarantee any sort of timeline in construction of this size.
“It’s hard to project what stumbling blocks we will have until you really get there,” he said.
The second-floor classrooms on that addition are not scheduled to be ready until January.
Construction on the project began in January 2007. The $22 million renovation will increase the capacity of the school by about 350 students.
He said they are currently painting, and installing ceilings in the school, as well as removing asbestos from the old school board office.
Ewalt said the South Oldham High School tennis courts and baseball and softball fields should be finished in time for school.
“They may be completed, but the grass has got to grow,” he said, noting all three affected sports take place in the spring.
Construction is also moving along at the new $16.2 million, 700 student Crestwood Elementary School which is scheduled to open at Christmas break.
At that time, the old elementary school will be demolished. Construction began in July 2007.
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