Washington County Board of Education members took their first tour of the site in a few months Wednesday, and marveled at the progress in the classrooms, the cafeteria and gym. Some board members remembered looking up at the sky for their last visit, and while the building doesn’t have heat yet, architect Tony Street estimated that the project sits at about 65 percent completion.
“For the first time today, this is not just a construction site, it’s starting to look like a school — we’re pretty excited about this,” Director of Schools Bill Flanary said. “You can walk into the cafeteria and tell it’s a cafeteria. You can walk in the gymnasium; it feels like a gymnasium.
“This is going to be a beautiful facility, and it’s going to be state-of-the-art.”
Flanary said he hopes to see completion of the school July 1, when the department will begin moving in books, crayons, desks and computers. Furniture is expected to arrive in early March, and Street said the building will be heated in a few weeks.
The school will open its doors after two years of construction, headed by BurWil Construction. Flanary noted that the school will have a state-of-the-art kitchen, two hard-wired computer labs for testing, WiFi installed in the floor to give the building complete WiFi saturation and audio enhancement in classrooms.
Right down to the color of the walls, he said, the future Boones Creek School is going to be ahead of the curve.
He noted another addition — bulletproof glass in the building’s foyer and high-definition cameras screening the entire facility.
“If you’re not supposed to be in this school, you’re not getting in this school,” he said.
While progress on the proposed athletic fields has stalled in the County Commission, Flanary and Street said they were happy with the progress taking place on the 20-acre slab of land that the 900-student school will occupy. Street said he believes the building has been an investment for the department due to its durability, energy efficiency and visibility in the community.
“I think there’s a lot of area around the school that’s available for development, I feel like it’s going to be a great community feature,” Street said. “Not only for education, but there’ll be other activities as the school matures and the ground matures and the athletic fields are developed.”
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