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High school 90 percent complete

By Michael Butler

The new Tallassee High School is almost ready for business. Superintendent of Tallassee City Schools Dr. Brock Nolin has set a ribbon cutting and open house for Aug. 2.

"Gov. Ivey has been invited," said Nolin. "It's going to be hot. We'll step inside the new auditorium in the air conditioning with a brief reception."

The unveiling of the $21 million facility will be open to the public. Nolin noted that about 90 percent of the work is now finished.

Photo by Kyle Thornton

"I was standing in front of the school the other day on the sidewalk just inspecting some of the brick work. I hear a car pull up behind me. It was someone who graduated in like 1992. He said, 'I can't believe how much it looks like the old one.' That was by design. They got that part right."

The exterior also matches existing buildings that resembled the main building and still remain on the campus including the annex and original gymansium.

While what you see on the brick facade is reminiscent of the 1929 school, the interior is quite different.

"It's almost entirely sheetrock. Instead of a true wooden floor, there is LVT vinyl. It's a nice product. I'm proud of it. It's been a long time coming."

Students have utilized primarily portable classrooms for the past two school years.

"We'll be almost a full year behind from the actual contract bid date," said Nolin. "It takes a while. It's a custom-built product."

As for any obstacles that might delay the start of the next school year in the new building, Nolin is trying to remain positive.

"What is the "Dumb and Dumber" saying, 'So you say there's a chance?' There's always a chance, but I feel very confident."