North projects near complete

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By John Foster

Another school year, another race to have all schools ready in time for the start of classes. But this year, the obstacles aren’t as great and the costs of failure aren’t as high.

Oldham County Schools Director of Facilities Jim Ewalt said the $25.6 million renovation at North Oldham Middle and High schools should be finished in time for the start of school except for the new shared auditorium.

During the past two years, crews have expanded the high school capacity by about 550 students, adding several new classrooms, expanded the cafeteria and built a new office area. They also built a high-school caliber gym and football stadium.

The final pieces are an auditorium, a choir and a band room to be shared by the middle and high schools, four new classrooms at the high school and seven classrooms at the middle school.

The four new classrooms at the high school are completely finished.

“We could have class in there today,” Ewalt said.

The shared band room has ceilings and floors, the shared choir room still needs ceiling and floor tiles and workers are busy converting the previous middle school choir and band rooms to regular classrooms.

The auditorium still needs electrical work, lights, seats and finishes, but has been a lower priority than the other spaces, Ewalt said. Work will continue into the school year.

Except for the auditorium, Ewalt said workers should be mostly out of NOHS when school starts, having finished most of their final details.

“There’s no reason we can’t get it done by the start of school,” Ewalt said.


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