Parents, students, and some school officials have expressed concern regarding the availability of Magoffin County High School when the 2009-10 school year rolls around, but don’t count superintendent Joe Hunley among those.
“It will be ready,” Superintendent Hunley said in a conversation earlier this week with the Salyersville Independent.
“It’s not going to be completely done, but the school will be ready to accept students,” Hunley continued. “We’ll have to make some adjustments because there will still be work going on. It will be a situation similar to the way it was during the latter part of last school year.”
Magoffin County’s upcoming school year will begin on August 13 as the first day for students to report to class.
In the meantime, construction crews will be busy trying to complete a total renovation project for the building’s main section, which was built in 1972 and opened as Magoffin County High School in 1976.
“We will be ready for students,” Charlie Thompson, construction manager for Codell Construction, said Tuesday afternoon.
“Actually, with some phases, we are a little ahead of schedule, especially in the upstairs area,” he added.
Construction and improvements at MCHS were initiated during the latter part of the 2008-09 spring semester.
The older portion of the building is receiving a make-over that includes new ceilings, new floors, a new heating and cooling system, and an electrical system upgrade, among other work.
Administrative offices are to be moved to the front entrance of the building and safety features are to be among the additions.
“The new construction part of the project won’t be finished by the start of the school year, but that is something that shouldn’t create any major problems,” Hunley said.
New construction will include a band room and an expansion of the current cafeteria.
The renovation and new construction project carries a price tag of over $6 million with total costs reaching above the $7 million mark.
When completed, officials say the building will not only be more structurally sound and efficient, they also believe alterations will create a safer environment for students, faculty, and staff.