BOE gets update on new high school

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 5/24/16

The Jasper City Schools Board of Education recently approved a classroom wing addition for the new Walker High School, and in just over a month, the structure is already rising to the second floor.

Project Manager Trent Hall of Hoar Program …

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BOE gets update on new high school

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The Jasper City Schools Board of Education recently approved a classroom wing addition for the new Walker High School, and in just over a month, the structure is already rising to the second floor.

Project Manager Trent Hall of Hoar Program Management updated the school board on the ongoing school construction Monday night, saying the new high school is still on track to being completed by Sept. 28, 2016. Completion of the new wing addition will not be far behind.

The construction team started pouring the wing addition’s foundations on April 11, and are set to begin installing walls for the second floor next week, pending topping slab completion for the first floor.

The wing addition has a scheduled completion date of Nov. 28, 2016, but Hall said it may be finished earlier than their estimates.

Hall said the north end of the building is quickly getting finishing touches, as painting and floor installation is near completion. Lockers were placed on Monday, and doors and hardware, along with ceiling grid and hard ceiling installation is continuing to progress through the building.

Kitchen equipment is being placed in the lunchroom, science lab equipment is being installed and gym fixtures, such a goals, flooring and bleachers will soon be placed.

Outside the building, the first layer of asphalt is scheduled for completion today, while the curb is near completion. The school’s softball field area is also taking shape.

“The fencing is in place, press box and the dugout structure are complete. Landscaping will follow,” Hall said.

Some of the last areas to be completed, Hall added, will be the auditorium and gymnasium.

After showing a panoramic view of the school campus, Hall said he’s particularly impressed with the overall aesthetic of the structure.

“It’s a very, very impressive building,” he said. “I feel like this appears more like a college institution. The architectural detail is so much greater than most high schools — something to be very proud of.”

In other business, the board:

•was presented the recent school district financial report. The board has a general fund balance of just over $7 million.

They also learned that Alabama Power Company is in the process of issuing refunds to the board as a result of accounting errors over the past few years.

•recognized athletic and technology achievements of the district’s students. For photos, visit the Eagle’s Facebook page.