The Lawrence County Board of Education expects to award bids for renovation of its aging high school today, and work could commence shortly thereafter, a school official said.
The approximately $4.5 million renovation will re-roof the school and upgrade several classrooms at Lawrence County High School, Superintendent Mike Armstrong said. The school also will be better secured with new doors and a card-swipe entry system.
The roofing project will solve some problems created over the years mainly at the meeting points between sections of the school. Lawrence County High was built in three circular sections, called pods. The pods house the academic section, vocational education wing and gymnasium.
Over the years since the school was built in the mid-1970s, the problem points have tended to be at the connections between pods. The renovation will take care of those issues.
The special education room will receive upgrades, including bathroom and shower facilities.
The culinary arts program will move from upstairs to the first floor in what had been the carpentry area, and improvements there will include a full industrial kitchen, Armstrong said. “A lot of kids see there’s a future in culinary arts,” he said.
Carpentry is moving to the former auto mechanics area. Restrooms in the gymnasium pod will receive badly needed renovations.
New exterior doors will be installed for security and a card-swipe system will monitor who uses the doors. Cameras also are to be installed.
Assuming the board accepts a satisfactory bid, the interior work could start soon, Armstrong said. Work on the roof would wait until spring.
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