Daily photos by Gary Cosby Jr.|
Joey Harbin and Bobby Whitaker make repairs to the linoleum floor in the new science-social studies building at Austin High as Principal Don Snow watches last week. Some tiles that were not properly installed had to be replaced.
New Austin building almost done
Spring semester opening expected
By Bayne Hughes
Construction workers are almost finished with Austin High School’s new science-social studies building, but it will remain vacant until after Christmas.
Maintenance Department Supervisor Bruce Friday said Pearce Construction handed over keys to the building on Thursday. Decatur Utilities installed a fire hydrant on Betty Street near the $5.7 million building last week, so the school system can apply for a certificate of occupancy.
Friday said the hall will get a clear coating on the floor Friday. The school system used this coating, which has a longer life span than wax, in several elementary schools. He said wax works better in classrooms where there are chairs and desks that slide.
Maintenance workers moved in the furniture a week ago.
Principal Don Snow said students will continue attending classes in 14 portable classrooms on the school’s front lawn through the end of the semester.
“We’ll probably move the items that they’re not using (in class) right now during Thanksgiving week,” Snow said.
Austin High’s new science-social studies building.
Snow said the school staff would prepare the building for classes, including buying equipment for the three labs on the second-story science floor. The science floor also has nine classrooms and a teacher office.
The social studies department on the first floor has 14 classrooms and a computer lab.
Friday said crews would begin helping teachers move into the building during exam week, Dec. 17-20. Classes end at noon, so crews can use the afternoons.
“Hopefully, the building will be ready for the students when we come back (from Christmas break) in January for second semester,” Snow said.
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