UPDATE: SMHS Holds an Open House

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UPDATE 1/16/2015 6:30 PM.

Students have been at the new high school in St Marys for two weeks and now the school is ready to show of all their amenities to the community.

Friday night the school held an open house for parents, students, faculty members and the community to take a tour of the brand new facility.

This was a $35,000,000 project and the total land equals about 27 acres.

Another open house will be held Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Updated: 1/02/2015 4:45 P.M.

Construction work wrapping up on the new St. Marys High School.

Students spent their last day in the old building just before Christmas, and classes in the new high school begin Monday.

Office workers already moved in, and workers, which even include students, spent Friday moving the last of the items going from the old school to the new one.

"We had a lot of files and cabinetry and things to move," says Pleasants County Superintendent Michael Wells. "It's been a great effort on our maintenance staff, some folks from our transportation department, our custodians, the principals, the administration. We've rolled up our sleeves, put on our work clothes, and worked to get it done."

Classes Monday won't be the first event at the new campus.

There's basketball this weekend, and the teams Friday practiced in the new gym.

Voter approval of a bond issue a few years ago paved the way for the new building.

Updated: 12/23/2014 5:30 P.M.

Out with the old, in with the new...

It means something different in the coming year for St. Marys high schoolers.

This last day of classes in the area before the holiday.-was the last day -ever-for students at what, for a century, has been St. Marys High School.

While some athletic facilities there will be in use for the remainder of the school year, students otherwise left the old building for the last time early this afternoon.

When classes resume in early January, those students will be attending a new, modern, high school building, one that's been under construction three years.

First day of classes there: Monday, January 5th.

UPDATE 12/0414 5:15 PM

St Marys new high school is in it's final stages of construction. Students and teachers are preparing to start school there after the new year.

WTAP took a tour with Pleasants County Superintendent Mike Wells.

A full walk through of the new building, just weeks away from completion.

Starting in the auditorium, one of the lasts parts of the building to be worked on and then to the common area, cafeteria and kitchen. That was just the beginning of the tour.

Superintendent Wells says this new school will give the students opportunities they have never had before.

"We have a beautiful VOAG building which has a meats lab. We are going to be able to offer welding and construction which we've never been able to offer before, certainly doesn't replace our technical center. We are going to have state of the art science labs," said Pleasants County Superintendent Mike Wells.

Wells says the community knew it was time to update the facility. It was three years ago this April they broke ground.

Wells says the old building has served it's purpose with tradition, honor and pride and they hope to carry that into the new building.

The full athletic facilities will not be completed until the spring of 2015.

See the raw footage of the full tour above.
UPDATE 7/23/2014 5:30 PM

A lot of progress at the new high school in St. Marys.

Construction's been going on since May 4th and it's a big change from the century-old school they're using today.

The old school is so outdated that they had to start from scratch.

And a bond from the SBA helped with the cost.

It's a $35 million project featuring three gyms, a college center, skylights and college level science labs.

Safety features include security cameras and a wellness center that's open to the whole community.

It will be an adjustment for students to have to switch schools mid-year, but the district says it's worth it.

"Mid-year is going to be a bit of a juggle; however, everyone's excited - teachers, students, staff. I think anyone that we would need to help, I'm sure we will pitch in and help make that move. Because, in the big picture, it's gonna be worth it," says Mike Wells, Pleasants County Superintendent.

Wells says students have had a say in the new features.

He says they've worked to keep the community involved.

The basic structure is already complete and the new school should open by next spring.

UPDATE 2/26/2014 6:10 PM

Still on schedule.

A major construction project goes on, in spite of this winter's weather.

Nearly a year since breaking ground for the new high school in St. Marys.

Superintendent Mike Wells says it's still on schedule for a January 2015 opening.

He says the construction company hasn't been able to complete the roof.

But it has used the time to complete other construction work it had planned to do later this year.

Wells says those below-zero days are the only days there hasn't been work on the new structure.

One area county school board got a first look on a new high school being built in their community Thursday evening.

Members of the Pleasants County School Board toured the new St. Marys High School.

Superintendent, Michael Wells showed board members the progress by the BBL Carlton Construction Managers.

They also got to know first hand the exact locations of such areas as the gymnasium, cafeteria and athletic facilities.

"I'm very pleased with the work of our architects and the construction managers, we're right on schedule, we want to continue being on schedule. It's exciting because knowing the project is going to be a new high school which is what our kids and our community deserves," says Pleasants County Superintendent, Michael Wells.

Board members say the new high school is expected to be completed next December.

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