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School system begins work on new additions
by Bill Baldowski
May 07, 2014 05:26 PM | 1111 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Chapel Hill High School Principal Sean Kelly, Douglas County School Board Chair Janet Kelley and Douglas County Schools Superintendent Gordon Pritz. Ed.D., attended groundbreaking ceremonies for the new gym at Chapel Hill High School.
From left, Chapel Hill High School Principal Sean Kelly, Douglas County School Board Chair Janet Kelley and Douglas County Schools Superintendent Gordon Pritz. Ed.D., attended groundbreaking ceremonies for the new gym at Chapel Hill High School.
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Last week the Douglas County School System continued working to achieve parity, from a facility standpoint, for three of its high schools.

Separate groundbreaking ceremonies were held for new facilities at Douglas County, Chapel Hill and Alexander high schools, said school system spokeswoman Karen Stroud.

Superintendent Gordon Pritz said the new facilities “will give us more equality across the school district with regard to facilities.”

Douglas County High hosted a groundbreaking for a new classroom wing early last week.

This was followed Friday with back-to-back groundbreaking ceremonies for new gymnasiums at Chapel Hill and Alexander.

County voters’ approval of a school bond referendum and passage of the special purpose local option sales tax provided the funding for the new facilities, said Jack Gardner, construction manager for the new Chapel Hill gym and the Douglas County classroom wing,

County schools Capital Improvements Director Kirk Nicholson said the wing will be a free-standing building located behind the high school. It will include 62,460 square feet and 30 classrooms.

“The facility, which should open in July of next year, will be two stories standing on top of a basement area that will be used for the school’s R.O.T.C. program,” Nicholson said.

The new gym at Chapel Hill, which is also expected to be completed in July 2015, will be a 39,579-square-foot facility and include an athletic locker room which will be used for football, baseball and other sports at the school.

In addition, Gardner said it would have a health classroom and weight room. “Currently, Chapel Hill has a small weight room which isn’t big enough for students to use and is dangerous because the weight room facility has equipment packed in pretty tight,” he said.

The new gym at Alexander, which is expected to be completed by August 2015, will be 54,700 square feet and contain a wooden basketball court, a multi-purpose room and a new weight room.

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