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Piedmont High school construction nearing completion

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
Construction of the addition to Piedmont High School is nearing completion. The facade of the school is virtually complete. This view is from the south end, entrance to the school.

By Matt Montgomery

Summer is almost over and school is almost back in session, but when students from Piedmont High School return to school Aug. 19, they will see a larger main building.

Over the summer, construction crews have been hard at work to complete the additions to Piedmont High School.

Those additions include a secured entrance and attendance office in the front of the building, two additional classrooms and restrooms, and a physical education gymnasium, wrestling room, restrooms, locker rooms and training room.

“This much needed construction will meet a number of pressing needs as our enrollment continues to increase at a rapid pace,” the district wrote in an update earlier this year. “First, this project includes an expansion of the current cafeteria space. With an expected enrollment of almost 900 students in the high school next year, this added space will be extremely beneficial.”

Piedmont Schools Superintendent James White said Tuesday, the construction isn’t fully completed but is almost there.

“Construction at the high school is still ongoing, but it is in the final stages,” White said. “The classroom and restroom addition is complete, and the flooring is being installed in the cafeteria today (Tuesday). There will be a few finishing touches taking place after school resumes; however it won’t be a hindrance to the school day.”

The gymnasium section of the addition was much needed in addition to more classroom space, since the district has had to bus their student-athletes to Piedmont Elementary for many years.

“The new wrestling room will meet a long-standing need of our athletic department,” the district wrote. “Our wrestlers now practice in a metal building that was once used as an agricultural barn. These student-athletes work extremely hard and deserve a first class facility that makes us all proud.”

The two additional classrooms and restrooms will be located in the southwest corner of the addition.

In addition to being able to accommodate the needs of the growing school district, the new addition was also designed with the idea of alleviating overcrowding in the hallways at the high school.

The high school expects an estimated 900 students this year. The secured entrance and attendance area being constructed in the front of the school was built to allow all visitors to check in before being allowed to enter the building, which “greatly enhances school security.”

School starts at 7:50 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19.

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