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Red Bay High construction stays on schedule for August completion

The end is in sight at Red Bay High School as construction is on schedule for the building to open for the 2021-22 school year, according to officials.

The new home of Red Bay Agriculture and Family and Consumer Science is approximately 80 percent complete, with everything going as planned.

“We will be in that building in the fall for sure unless something unforeseen happens,” said Franklin County Schools Superintendent Greg Hamilton.

Hamilton said inspections are being completed, and the majority of work remaining involves wiring, floor installation and cleaning.

“They have been able to get a lot accomplished,” Hamilton said. “Things are going great.”

RBHS Principal Paul Humphries said students have been able to watch the building come together and are excited to see the outside complete.

“The students know how much of an upgrade they are going to be getting,” Humphries said. “We are all very excited.”

Hamilton said it is great to be able to go to RBHS and visualize how close construction is to the finished product.

“For a while, we were just looking at a drawing of what things were going to look like,” Hamilton said. “Now we are able to see how it is going to look, and the end is in sight.”

Construction began on the new building in December 2019 to add a 1,100 square foot building behind the high school wing and adjacent to the cafeteria.

The building will include the latest technology and upgrades, such as drop down ceilings in the agriculture classrooms, high-tech sprinklers in the greenhouse and plenty of space for students to use Chromebooks and technology.

“It’s good to be able to see things coming along,” Hamilton said. “This was greatly needed for these students, and we are excited to be able to offer this for them.”