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Despite some seriously wet weather, the construction of Martha Layne Collins High School is on schedule.
Sherman-Carter-Barnhart official Michael Smith presented a progress report at Thursday's School Board meeting at East Middle School, showing that the construction of Martha Layne Collins High is 48 percent done and on schedule for its July 26, 2010 completion.
Superintendent James Niehof said what's important to know is the school is expected to beready for class when school starts August 2010.
“The project is moving along on schedule. We're very pleased. As with any project there are little challenges and obstacles, but those seem to be moving well,” he said.
Several different contractors have worked together on the site on Discovery Boulevard west of Shelbyville, and in the last month they've started putting up some drywall, metal roofing, and doing some paving on the property.
In the next month they'll do more of the same, as well as start excavating the auditorium and putting the concrete slab on deck at the auxiliary gymnasium, along with other necessary tasks.
Neihof said seeing artwork is one thing, but actually seeing the school being built before your eyes is exciting.
“We're really excited with what it's looking like,” he said. “Once it starts coming out of the ground it's really something.”
Upon its completion the school's exterior brick will be cranberry and dove gray, while the interior colors will be Columbia blue, black and white, to conform with the school's chosen colors and mascot, the Titans.
As the construction goes on, so do other preparations for the school.
At the board meeting Gary Kidwell, Director of Student Accounting and Support Services, presented a PowerPoint to the board reviewing the details already known about the transition into Collins, while also outlining some of what's still to come in the near future:
* Transportation routes hope to be established by mid-November.
* Incoming seniors need to decide which school they'll be attending by Dec. 11.
Kidwell said he predicted that around one-third of the incoming seniors with the choice would choose Collins over Shelby County High, however early decisions that he has received have been roughly 50-50.
* In January of 2010, jobs at Collins will be posted.
For the next school year the district will also create a projected 17 new certified positions to fill.