Mosley Staff is Ready to Welcome Students Back Despite Unfinished Construction

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LYNN HAVEN-- Mosley High School teachers and staff gathered for the school's grand re-opening Monday morning, but the summer renovations are not yet complete.

The nearly $7 million project, funded by the half-cent sales tax, first had an August deadline. Officials now say it'll likely be finalized in October.

When students fill the halls Tuesday on day one, they can expect to see 39 renovated classrooms. The hallways won't be tiled, but officials say they'll be clean and safe.

Lunch lines in the cafeteria are still a work in progress, so students must bring their own lunches, or buy bagged lunches at school, until the cafeteria is up and running.

"When you have a nice environment for your students and teachers to work in, it just raises everybody's school spirit and attitude. They just do so well in a nice, new, clean environment," Mosley Principal Sandy Harrison said.

She added, "They didn't have really any major construction delays. Certainly the weather wasn't a factor because it's all an interior remodel. It's just the scope of the work has been huge."

Mosley may not be in top shape Tuesday, but student safety is still the priority.

'The primary focus today, and obviously all tonight and all through this weekend, is to get the life safety systems tested," Scott Brewer, with contracting company All-State Construction, said. "The inspectors are here checking the fire alarms, emergencies, making sure we have a safe working environment for the students and the faculty."

Crews will take a break during the first week of school, but construction will resume on the weekend and after school gets out each day after that.