Construction For New Blountstown High School

By: Vanessa Nguyen Email
By: Vanessa Nguyen Email

Construction on the new Blountstown High School is a bit behind schedule, but still on-track to open for Fall 2011 school year.
County leaders broke ground on the project six months ago.
School officials are pleased with the progress so far.

Work crews are working diligently to lay down the foundation for the new Blountstown High School.
"This is probably one of the biggest projects that Calhoun County has ever done. This is the first building that's been built in Calhoun County since '86 with the school system."
Project Director Ronnie Hand says the timing of the project couldn't have been better with the downturn economy and lack of employment.
"Between 150-200 jobs on most any day, 80% of them are either from Jackson, Calhoun or Liberty County. So this has been a boost for a lot of people, it's also been a boost for the local businesses."
December's rains delayed site work, but Hand says they've been gaining time on building construction.
"There's a series of 11 buildings going up."
"We'll have the softball, baseball and football practice field, we'll have a new track facility which will be the first time in Calhoun County we've had a track facility," says Calhoun County Superintendent Tommy McClellan.
The new high school will also provide the county with its only certified hurricane shelter.
"This is the site of the future cafeteria here at Blountstown High School. Construction is pretty much right on schedule and the only thing that's missing is funding for the second year."
"We received $12,247, 731 dollars this year and that same amount has been appropriated for the budget next year. We're doing pretty good, I think we're gonna get that."

Lawmakers will most likely appropriate the second year of construction funding for the new Blountstown High School within the next two weeks.


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