Construction at Irmo High School expected to be complete by October

Irmo High School (Source: lexrich5.org)
Irmo High School (Source: lexrich5.org)

IRMO, SC (WIS) - The start of school is just around the corner for kids across the Midlands. Yet before kids head back to class, the question is will their schools be ready for them.

Several school construction projects have been going on all summer long. One big one is at Irmo High School.

The high school of course had a tall order to take on going into the summer. The construction improvements includes building a new corridor to connect one part of this campus to another, upgrading classrooms as well as building a new performing arts center.

This is not the only school project going on Lexington Richland School District Five.

Chapin High School has been completely overhauled under a $256 million improvement plan.

Dutch Fork High School is also seeing improvements.

District wide there's about 16,000 kids and 1,500 students alone attend Irmo High School.

Officials say by the time classes start up again the renovations may not be fully complete but there will be a plan in place to make sure they don't interfere with instruction. Currently students at Irmo High School park in the back of the building, completely away from all this work.

Everyone will have to enter the campus through a side entrance.

Parking however will change slightly.

"We're experienced with this," said Mark Bounds with Lexington-Richland School District Five. "We've done it in other schools. Students come first, safety comes first, and construction takes a back seat. And sometimes that's why construction takes a little bit longer that's why we have to do it around instruction and the needs of our students."

In all officials say it will probably be October when work at Irmo High wraps up. Bigger projects such as the one in Capin may take longer, stretching into December.

There will also be some changes in the classrooms in Irmo when students get back. One of the wings used to house the career center has been converted into many new classrooms with upgraded technology.

In the past high school students have received an ipad mini. This year middle school students are going to get Google Chrome notebooks.

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