Perry: West construction nearing completion

Construction at West High School is nearly complete.

Dr. Jeff Perry, Hamblen County school superintendent, gave an update to the Hamblen County Commission Monday night during its regularly scheduled work session.

Perry showed the commission photos of the newly constructed front of the building.

“It has a better front to it,” he said.

Over the last year, construction has been conducted at the high school at a cost of around $10 million. Perry told commissioners that the project has come under budget and there would be some money leftover that would go back to the county.

The estimated time for completion is within the next two months, Perry said.

“We should be done with everything in 45 days,” he said.

The improvements include a new facade on the front of the high school with more windows and lighting shining into the interior. There is a new front desk and front office area.

The cafeteria has also been expanded, along with the kitchen area. Perry said there is more lighting in that area as well.

“We are operating out of the kitchen right now,” he said. “They’re cooking in there.”

There are also new restrooms and new HVAC and electrical system updates throughout the school.

The only section left to complete is new gym restrooms, which are located outside the building. Perry said he expects those to be completed within the next 30 days and he also expects people to start moving into the front office area within the next two weeks.