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Construction of new Auburn High School zipping along for fall opening
The new Auburn High School is about 42 percent complete.
As district officials told the school board Monday night, rooms are being painted, cabinets are in the walls in some classrooms, kitchen equipment is in and there's even a quarry tile floor down in the kitchen area.
The next milestone to look for — the red brick exterior.
"The brick is starting to go up on the south side of the building, the Main Street side, and they're making great progress on that," said Deputy Superintendent Mike Newman. "It's going to be exciting to see that white mass now turn into the classic brick."
Newman praised Lydig Construction as "an exceptional" contractor that does "amazing work" with its subcontractors. The upshot is that the project is time and on budget.
That means the new high school should be ready to welcome its first contingent of students this fall.
"It's kind of the fun thing when you're mid in the project," Newman said, "if you think back to a year ago, we hadn't even flipped any dirt, and now we've got a three-story building there, and in another eight months, we'll have kids in the building with teachers and classrooms."
District voters cast 18,678 yes votes in November 2012 to approve the $110 million construction bond on its third try.
One of the selling points then was that when school opens in September at its new site facing East Main Street, nobody will have to shiver any longer in a drafty, 63-year-old building at the mercy of an unreliable, geezer boiler.
Auburn will then be able to boast of four modern high schools, all high quality, up-to-date facilities, "where the will of the people," Superintendent Kip Herren has stressed, not the zip code, determines just how good those schools are.
Students will then have access to classroom technologies, modern science labs, a new commons area for student activities such as after-school clubs and multicultural fairs, and increased safety, all in building under one roof with only two points of entry.