FLOYD COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) – Once students are out on summer break in Floyd County, construction crews expect to kick their work into high gear on many new school projects and renovations.

“The students are going to come back to some very nice facilities,” said Bill Wiseheart, facilities director for New Albany Floyd County Schools. “It’s benefiting them and benefiting our community.”

Wiseheart said the Green Valley Elementary project is ahead of schedule. He expects students will start the new school year at the end of July in the brand new building, which is directly behind the old one.

“That project right now, they’re actually laying carpet in the classrooms as we speak," Wiseheart said. "We’ve got the structure complete. And the masons are working on the exterior of the building. And there’s some site work yet to do.”

The old school is expected to be demolished in the fall. Before it's demolished, district leaders will go through the school to salvage materials, move out useable furniture and auction other furniture off.

Construction on a new Slate Run Elementary school was not supposed to start until later this year, but crews already have the structural steel in place. Wiseheart said since they were able to move students into Graceland Baptist Church, the district could get an earlier start on construction.

He expects the new building will be ready by Spring Break. But it is still unclear if the students will move into the new building before the end of next school year or at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

Another project that is kicking into high gear is at Prosser. Wiseheart said it is one of the more complicated projects, because there are still students in the building. But once school lets out, crews can make a lot of progress without having to worry about disturbing the students.

“The two-story addition to the front entry should be done as school starts," Wiseheart said. "The auto tech building has been built, and the auditorium should also be done as school starts."

But there will still be some classroom shuffling in the new school year, because crews will have more projects to finish after the end of July.

Work is underway at New Albany High School as well. Structural steel is going up at the front of the building for what will be a new media center.

“We hope to have a very productive summer there as the kids are out of our way,” Wiseheart said.

But the addition will not be fully completed until around Christmas.

Floyds Knobs Elementary is getting a new cafeteria and kitchen. Wiseheart said demolition has already started, so the new cafeteria should be done by the time kids come back from summer. But there will still be work to complete in the kitchen, which should be done by Christmas break.

“I’m excited for the start of school ... really looking forward to that,” Wiseheart said.

Wiseheart said all the projects are on schedule, if not ahead of schedule, and under budget.

“It was $87 million that we asked for,” he said. “Bond sales actually gave us a little more than that.”

With a little more flexibility in the budget than originally expected, the district has some more wiggle room for possible extra additions or improvements. Wiseheart said they are considering adding two to four more classrooms to Greenville Elementary, because they are seeing more growth in that part of the county. He said a new soccer practice facility could also be a possibility if there are extra funds available.

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