Construction/renovation work won't delay Laurel Highlands school start date
By Cindy Ekas
Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 6:18 p.m.
A $39 million construction/renovation project at Laurel Highlands High School is not expected to delay the start of the 2013-14 school year.
Superintendent Jesse Wallace announced Thursday classes in the school district are expected to begin as scheduled on Aug. 28.
“The question of the day is: ‘Will the new school year start on Aug. 28?' ” Wallace asked. “The answer is that the school district is planning to start school on time. We've been told by our contractors that all of the rooms at the high school should be completed on time.”
Even though the classrooms will be ready for the new school year, Wallace said, the construction/renovation project is expected to continue for the next 12 months.
“The crews will still be working on the new swimming pool and the addition,” he said. “Construction will be ongoing throughout the next year.”
The school district plans to offer public tours of the upgraded high school next week before the school year begins, he said.
“Any member of the public who wants to take a tour of the high school needs to call us and we will make sure to set aside time so they can see what's going on,” Wallace said.
During the construction, the superintendent indicated that parking problems will continue at the senior high school.
“The parking is going to be very tight because of this project,” Wallace said. “About 70 additional parking space will be lost during the construction. We know this is going to cause an inconvenience, but we really don't have any options.”
Although no delays are predicted in this year's school year, he said, the public will be notified if a situation would arise that would require the school district to delay the start of school.
“At this time, it looks like school will start on time, but we will let the public know if we have to change the school calendar,” he said. “We're very pleased to report that the construction project is moving along very well.”
Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.
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