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Nearing the finish line of THS construction

By Michael Butler

The new high school should be a finished product in a matter of months but not by the end of the current school year, says superintendent of Tallassee City Schools Dr. Brock Nolin.

"(We're) looking forward to getting into the new building this year," he said. "It'll be summer before we get everything completed."

Nolin said construction is about four months behind schedule - something he anticipated with the $21 million project.

"They have all the components in," Nolin added. "Most of the sheetrock is done. They've done a lot of tile work in the restrooms."

May 25 will be the last day of the 2022-23 school year.

"Mr. (Drew) Glass, Mrs. (Brooke) Barron and I have discussed having a grand opening for the community to come and take a look at it. Hopefully we'll have some of our state dignitaries show up. The governor did mention our high school on her bond issue, so maybe she'll cut ribbon with us."

The new school emulates the look of the old 1929 school with the brickwork. One of the significant changes is the addition of a larger auditorium and expanded classroom area for students in the music program.

"It'll hold 644," said Nolin. "It's amazing to walk in and see the stage space. The kids will really enjoy that."

Nolin is ready for the move from portable buildings where most classes have been since work on the new school began.

"I'm excited that will have somewhere for the kids with inclimate weather. The hallway between the band and choir rooms is programmed to hold about 850 people. It'll hold the entire student body and faculty if needed. The walls are about a foot and a half thick. It'll be the safest building in Elmore County."