POMEROY -- Pomeroy High School students will start out the coming school year in a state-of-the-art facility, thanks to a $9.5 million renovation project that is nearing completion.
According to Pomeroy School Superintendent Kim Spacek, the project is the first major overhaul of the school, which was built in 1980.
The original Pomeroy High School, built more than a century ago, was torn down when the current school was built.
"It looks like there's lots of work still to be done," Spacek said, "but they've assured us everything will be ready for the start of school."
In early 2010, voters approved a $4.49 million bond levy for the project. The remaining funds are coming from state grants. After architectural and engineering plans were completed, construction began in the fall of 2011.
The school office and science labs were gutted and both have been rebuilt in new configurations.
In the main classroom building, the restrooms have been expanded and a new HVAC system has been installed. Wiring was upgraded and a new wireless Internet system was installed.
An interactive light board has been installed in each classroom.
Numerous building code and fire suppression system upgrades have also been made.
New locker rooms and storage areas are being built in the high school gymnasium. Spacek said that the gym floor and bleachers are in good shape and are not being replaced.
"The cool thing was that we were able to use the gym for winter sports," he said. "They didn't start work on the gym until after March."
Students spent the 2011/12 school year spread out among the ag classroom and shop, two unused rooms in the elementary school and four portables set up for the year.
The newly remodeled high school sits across Pataha Creek from Pomeroy Elementary school, near downtown Pomeroy.
The 1950s-era elementary school underwent a major remodel in 1999.
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