As part of a four-phase project to update most of the school building, last renovated in 1974, Phase 2 entails remodeling the front entrance, administration offices and several classrooms.
The $2.5 million phase began in August and is scheduled to be complete by the end of the school year, according to Sylacauga schools maintenance supervisor Johnny Gray.
“This phase will have the biggest impact, but it is also the biggest logistical problem since we’re dealing with all the offices and some classrooms at the front of the school,” Gray said. “Some students are having to take the long way to their classes, but I think things are going as good as they can go.”
The job, awarded to Zedot Construction of Wetumpka, is about 30 to 40 percent complete. Gray said it is “on-track with the budget, but time wise, we are a little behind, and that is our fault because we were indecisive about what to do with a couple classrooms.”
The project will only add about 1,500 square feet to the building, with the rest of the work being renovations to existing space. The new front entrance, located between the Phase 1 addition and the current entrance, is just starting to take shape. It will have an “original school building” look with large columns and handicap accessibility, Gray said, similar to the style of Nichols-Lawson Middle School.
“It’s going to be a pretty impressive front entrance,” he said.
Inside the entrance will be new offices for the principal, assistant principal, guidance counselors, school resource officer and in-school suspension, as well as a waiting room, meeting room and updated bathrooms.
Four regular-sized classrooms will be included in renovations, and four classrooms upstairs that used to be the business department will be made into two large multi-purpose rooms, Gray said.
“These multi-purpose rooms will be used on a by-request basis for smaller assemblies, movies, meetings, that kind of thing, as I understand,” he said.
Phase 2 will see the same technological upgrades utilized in Phase 1, Gray said, with security cameras, buzz-in entrance doors, wireless computer access and numerous other advancements.
Phase 3 will be bid in April or May, Gray said, as well as construction of a new central office, a project that was recently approved by the Board of Education. Phase 3 is estimated at about $4 million and includes work to the library, old gym and west wing. Phase 4 will follow with renovations to the current gym. The central office is projected to total about $1.9 million.
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