The current school was built in the early 70s and consists of a series of round buildings. Two buildings have already been partially torn down. One is a smaller building that consists of eight classrooms and the other is the auditorium.
A groundbreaking was held in May and the new school is expected to be ready by the 2010-2011 school year.
“Principal (Glenn) White has made arrangements for all classes to be held in the old building next year,” said Bob Puckett, financial assistant superintendent for Floyd County Schools. “We’ll build the new school on the front side of old buildings. When students do the transition from the old into the new school, then we’ll come back and take down the old building.”
It is not anticipated any temporary mobile classrooms will have to be set up, aside from one already in use.
Puckett said he did not expect the $28 million cost estimate to increase during the course of the year. The project is being paid for by a special purpose, local option sales tax that was passed by local voters in September 2008.
The new MHS is expected to be complete by Aug. 1, 2010. Rising 11th-graders will be the first to graduate from the finished facilities.
“We’re doing a fast project,” said Puckett. “Normally it would take 18 to 24 months to build this project, and we’re going to do it in 14 (months); ... everyone’s getting mighty excited about it.”
RA-LIN & Associates, a contracting company based in Carrollton, built the new Pepperell High School in 2004 and was selected to oversee the MHS project. A final guaranteed maximum price will be presented by Ra-Lin to the Floyd County Board of Education on June 23. Bids are open for subcontractors until June 16.
Puckett calculated that around $1 million has already been saved from the asbestos and demolition work on the site.
When it is finished, the school will accommodate 1,025 students and have 56 instructional classrooms. That total includes 14 current classrooms that will be renovated.
Additionally, there will be a new kitchen and cafeteria. The current cafeteria will be converted into three business labs.
Choral, band and PE facilities will be rebuilt as stand-alones, so that the main school building will not have to remain open after-school hours.
Puckett said he expects Ra-Lin will complete demolition of the first two buildings next week and start setting footings for the new school by the middle of July.