Local schools get renovations

Published 12:03 am Friday, July 10, 2015

Shown is the inside of SMS,  where new floors are being laid.  | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Shown is the inside of SMS, where new floors are being laid. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Contractors are working to put the finishing touches on major renovation projects worth between $300,000-$350,000 in Covington County Schools.

The major projects include flooring renovations at Straughn Middle School, Red Level High School and Pleasant Home School; and athletic facility additions at Straughn High School, RLHS, Florala High School and PHS.

Covington County Schools Superintendent Shannon Driver said in addition to major renovations, every school is getting some sort of work done.

“We started on these things last year,” Driver said. “We’re kind of getting some of them done on our athletic facilities.”

Driver said the projects should be wrapped up by the end of July.

RLHS Principal Randy McGlaun said the contractors have been tearing up and putting down the new floor for the past two weeks.

“The main floor they’re working on is in the high school building,” McGlaun said. “They’re taking out the old carpet and tile and replacing it with new tile.

“It’s going to brighten up the hall and add some color,” he said. “We’re going to be able to put the emblem in the front right where people walk in.”

McGlaun said contractors will be able to lay down the tile in two weeks after the concrete sets.

Little projects at schools include electric, gas, plumbing and general infrastructure fixes, Driver said.

“All of those projects are going real well and in coordination with the principals and contractors,” he said.

Driver said all of the projects are funded by the system’s capital improvement funds.

Capital improvement funds are those that can be used to improve school infrastructures.

All of the projects cost between $300,000-$350,000, Driver said.

“We feel good about the progress on these projects,” Driver said. “I think things are looking to come together just in time for the kids to get back to school.”

Athletic facility additions are being done at Straughn High School, Red Level High School, Florala High School and Pleasant Home.

Driver said the bleacher expansion at SHS is just about complete, and RLHS is in the later stages of adding a visitor’s dressing room facility.

“We should have that done by football season,” he said.

Driver said Florala is renovating Mathews Stadium, added a new gate entrance and is upgrading the existing facilities there.

Driver said the work at FHS should be done by the end of July, and the work at Pleasant Home on its softball dressing room will start up in the next week or so.

“We’re hoping to get all of these athletic additions done by the end of August,” he said.

Driver said a lot of the improvements are being made to help the aesthetic feel of the buildings, adding that some needed work done now.

“Hopefully when the kids come in, they’ll see some real bright-looking facelifts,” he said. “It’s just a general improvement in the look of things. Hopefully, this sets things in shape for another 15-20 years or so.”