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Work beginning on schools

Within a few days, local residents will begin to see visible evidence of the Andalusia Board of Education’s construction projects.

Superintendent Ted Watson said there will be a construction meeting at the AHS library Friday morning. Bullard Cook Construction will build additions at AHS and Andalusia Elementary School in the coming year. When school begins in 2014, classes will no longer be held at Andalusia Middle School.

“You’ll see the city tearing down the in-school suspension building, or the old annex building (at AHS),” he said. “They’re already cleaning the building out so we can tear it down.”

Meanwhile, he said, school maintenance crews will make some cosmetic improvements to the old band room, where ISS will be housed next year.

At AES, there is a slab that will need to be removed before construction begins, but no demolition is necessary, he said.

“One of the biggest conversations we need to have with Bullard Cook is how they will work as far as safety,” Watson said.

The buildings will be under construction simultaneously, and the AES building should be completed first, he said.

The board agreed to back up the completion date to June 1, 2014.