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High schools to open new areas early in '09

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
October 23, 2008
— Students and staff at Janesville's high schools soon will move into sparkling new classrooms and other facilities. Some parts of the projects are said to be ahead of schedule.

It appears that large portions of the expansion projects will be completed in January or March, while a smaller number of renovation projects won't be finished until August, officials said.


Craig

At Craig High School, Principal Mike Kuehne said parts of the building scheduled to be done by next March or August could be done in January.


Kuehne said he doesn't want to raise expectations too high, and much depends on whether the completed additions pass fire inspection over winter break.


But if all goes smoothly, Craig students could be eating in their new, high-ceilinged cafeteria in January, Kuehne said.


Other areas likely to be done sometime in January include the agriculture laboratory and rooms for English language learners, business education, English, world languages and the special-education program known as Al Pro, Kuehne said.


Work on some areas—including the new music rooms—must wait until students and staff leave in June before they can be completed, Kuehne said.


The new gymnasium and the strength and conditioning room could be done by April, Kuehne said, although he hasn't heard a firm date, yet.


Both the Craig and Parker projects are slated to be completed in August. Kuehne said he expects workers will be putting on finishing touches through the summer.


Parker

Parker High School Principal Steve Schroeder said early March is when teacher and students will begin moving into the new science and art wings that grace the front of the building.


Also to be ready for use in March: administrative offices, guidance areas, music room, commons, fitness/weight room and the new gymnasium.


"It will be nice that our seniors will have an opportunity to experience some of these new areas," Schroeder said.


Earlier estimates called for finishing additions along Mineral Point Avenue in January, but it was decided to give workers more time to make sure that final details such as phone lines, electric power and finishing the floors would be sure to be completed, Schroeder said.


Moving into the new areas will require coordination and work, especially when it comes to something as complicated as the new science lab/classrooms, Schroeder said.


Parker students have a remodeled cafeteria, but the kitchen isn't ready yet, so they've been eating food cooked down the street at Franklin Middle School. Schroeder said he hopes the new kitchen can start cooking in early November.


Summer work at Parker will include remodeling the entire second floor and converting the current art rooms into special-education rooms.


Also slated for summer is the remodeling of the basement area that will contain locker rooms, coaches' offices, a training room and wrestling room, Schroeder said.


Voters approved the projects—at a cost of up to $70.8 million—in a November 2006 referendum.



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