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Timeline set on new high school

By Michael Butler

New figures are out on the cost and timeline for a new high school.  The number is $19.1 million with a deadline slated for 2021.

The Tallassee City School board plans to proceed with phase one in the construction of a new high school and auditorium.  Work should begin next year.

1929 photo of THS
Courtesy of Bill Goss - Images of America - Tallassee

The estimated sum for the 36,790 square foot high school building is $7.7 million.  The 636-seat auditorium will cost an additional $4.1 million.  Also, a band/choral room comprises $2.3 million.

Professional services and other fees run the overall total up to approximately $19 million.

The board of education is chipping in $2.2 million on the front end of the project. An additional $2 million from bond and tax funds will be applied lowering the total for the city bond to $15 million.

Initially, the annex building on the front of the campus as well as the cafeteria and two gyms on the back will be retained cutting the price tag on the total project originally estimated to be $30 million.

Work has already begun on a new parking lot expected to be finished by year’s end.

The current high school, constructed in 1929, turns 90 this November.  Architectural renderings of the proposed new school resemble the look of the longstanding structure.

New high school rendering by McKee and Associates

Schedule of Improvements to Tallassee High School

Auditorium/Band Room (17 months) - Start in March 2020
Replace Academic Facility (14 months) - Start in June 2020
Complete Auditorium and Academic Facility - End of July 2021

McKee and Associates