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December 1, 2013

DHS construction remains on target

DUNCAN — The frame of a new structure sits directly behind the main building of the Duncan High School.

This new construction will house a new campus library and a cafeteria, taking over an area previously held for faculty parking. This project is part of a $19.2 million bond issue approved by Duncan voters Feb. 14, 2012.

“We’re still on schedule and still under budget,” Duncan Public Schools Superintendent Sherry Labyer said.

Work began this summer, shortly following the groundbreaking June 10. And since that time, much of the work has taken place within the walls of the main building.

When school started in August, students were welcomed by a new entrance to the building, the original entrance being fenced off for construction purposes. The teacher’s parking lot had also been fenced off, which still requires students to walk around the fence, even if they’re coming from the auditorium.

Labyer said the school district has had a lot of luck with the project, something she contributes to a good working relationship with PBK Architect and construction company CMS Willowbrook.

PBK worked closely with the school board, faculty members and people in the community to design the new layout of the high school campus. CMS Willowbrook is working to make that design a reality.

“They have worked with us to reduce costs,” Labyer said of PBK and CMS. “I think we really hit a home run with both companies.”

The Duncan High School campus was first used for the 1960-61 school year. The bond project is the first major renovation to the campus since its construction.

“It’s exciting,” Labyer said.

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