Newberry High has started renovations that will improve security and bring the building more up to date.
This is the first renovation project during modern times for the school. The last major project was a heating and air (HVAC) project more than five years ago, according to Jim Suber, assistant superintendent in charge of operations for the school district.
The $2.6 million dollar project comes from capital project funds and the high school renovations are on track for being within budget.
The priority projects include the front entrance of the school and the science labs since school begins in August.
There are two science labs - one in the 100 wing and another in the 200 wing - which are being totally renovated, says Suber. There are also four classrooms that connect with the science labs which will also be a part of the renovation process.
The front entrance is also getting revamped which will overall help with the security.
Currently in the front entrance, people can go left or right without even having to go through the reception area.
Suber says that the renovations will create a situation where visitors are greeted by the receptionist. There will also be administration offices including an attendance area.
Other renovations that are on the list include renovations to the courtyard in between the freshmen wing and main area. This will become secured by fencing so that people do not just walk into the courtyard, but they must go through the front office, according to Suber.
The mini theater inside the school will also receive a total renovation with work to be done on seating, lighting and floor, says Suber.
The renovation project is estimated to continue for six to eight months, according to Suber which means that work could be finished as early as November or into January.
When students return to school and some construction is still ongoing, the construction area will be zoned off to keep students safe and the district has plans for alternative rooms for those who need a construction free area.