UPDATE: Progress Made on New St. Marys High School

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The old school is so outdated that they had to start from scratch.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