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June 11, 2014

Duncan High School renovation moves ahead of schedule

DUNCAN — One year to the day has passed since Duncan Public Schools broke ground at the Duncan High School.

The renovation project, estimated for completion in March 2015, is focused on stage one of the three stages slated. DPS Superintendent Sherry Labyer said the project is ahead of schedule, which will result in more classrooms being ready by the beginning of the next school year.

The project is the result of a $19 million bond issue passed by Duncan residents Feb. 14, 2012. The school district, with the help of construction firm CMS Willowbrook, broke ground on the project June 10, 2014. The design of the renovation was developed through meetings among teachers, administrators and representatives from PBK Architect.

“We have six classrooms that will be done that were supposed to be part of phase two,” Labyer said.

With the completion of six additional classrooms, the school will start the school year with 15 completed classrooms. Labyer said furniture is being purchased for the 15 classrooms, the commons area, the library and the offices. She attributed the quick turn around on those classrooms to how quickly the construction workers were able to get into the school after the school year ended.

These soft costs make up the largest expenditure for the project, Labyer said, but that portion of the project is coming significantly under budget.

About $600,000 was budgeted for furniture. The school district, through bond funds, has spent about $243,000 on furniture. The funds not used on one portion of the project will be used for other areas of the renovation.

“We’re doing well with what we’ve budgeted,” Labyer said.

Labyer said she’s excited about the turn around of the project and is excited to see it completed.

“The fact that the six classrooms were scheduled for stage two, it shows were heading in a good direction for the project,” Labyer said.

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