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New high school moves ahead of schedule

Article Published: Dec. 23, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
New high school moves ahead of schedule

The Watauga County School Board received some good news last week aboutplans to build a new high school.

Don Critcher, school assistant for construction of the new high school, said the project was 81 percent complete, and no worker injuries had been reported. Critcher said the project was about 24 days ahead of schedule.

School board chairman Lowell Younce said construction was on schedule to be complete on May 28, which should give ample time for moving equipment in and checking out systems. It's expected to open in time for the fall semester in August.

The school board approved a joint-use agreement for the high school athletic facilities. The agreement was revised in recognition of the move to a new high school, with the original agreement dating back to 1998.

Under the agreement, the school system and the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department will fund a maintenance position, with parks and recreation paying 40 percent and the school board 60 percent of the salary and benefits. The high school athletic director will be in charge of all scheduling and reflect the 40-60 split in use.

Since the parks and recreation department's involvement led to a grant to install outdoor lighting, parks and recreation will be given priority scheduling for night use of the outdoor facilities. The revised agreement opens up the football, softball, track and baseball fields for the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department, though priority for use will stay with the high school.
When not in use, the facilities are open to the public if the use won't damage the facilities. The two parties also agree to supply maintenance assistance.

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