WISE — The two new high schools scheduled to open in January are on schedule and under budget, Wise County Schools Superintendent Jeff Perry told the Wise County School Board on Tuesday.
The new Union High School, under construction in Big Stone Gap behind the old Powell Valley High School, is practically ready for occupancy now. Because construction began a little later than Union, the new Central High School is about a month behind Union in the construction schedule, but Perry said the planned January opening for both new high schools will take place following the school division’s annual holiday break.
Central “is on target to be complete,” Perry said. “We will open Central High School in January” along with Union. The board is planning a tour of both new facilities on Oct. 10, beginning with Central at 3 p.m. and Union at around 4:15 p.m.
Union is receiving final touches to flooring in hallways and classrooms, Perry reported, kitchen equipment is being installed, the gym floor is getting its final touches, classrooms including installation of cabinetry and furnishings is in the completion phase, and the contractor — Ballard Construction — intends to turn over the office area by the end of the month.
“We’re getting to that point they are starting to turn areas (of the new school) over to us,” Perry said.
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