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Current freshmen and sophomores will be the first to use the new tech wing, and McElwain says he can already sense how excited students are for yet another big project for the school district. Current freshmen and sophomores will be the first to use the new tech wing, and McElwain says he can already sense how excited students are for yet another big project for the school district.
MUHLENBERG CO., KY (WFIE) -

Ground will soon be broke on a new tech wing at the Muhlenberg County High School's West Campus. This week the board approved a final bid for the project estimated at just over $10 million. 

School officials say this has been a part of the district's plan ever since the high schools merged a few years ago, and faculty are already gearing up for the addition.

Jay McElwain is an ag teacher who says space is hard to come by in his classroom with all the students working on various hands-on projects.

"We're cramped for space, classroom space, shop, lab facilities," McElwain said.

With the new tech wing, McElwain says he'll have three classrooms and two shops
along with state of the art supplies.

"We're going to be able to upgrade on various types of equipment and technology, which would improve the types of offerings we can give to our kids," McElwain said.

This 55 thousand square foot addition will be located behind the cafeteria. School officials say one of the main reasons for this is because of the increased demands at the state level to meet college and career readiness standards.

"This will hopefully make these children employable and that means a lot to our community," said Jeff Travis, the school's finance officer. 

Travis says the design of the building is flexible and will allow them to cater to a handful of different trades.

"If we have an industry moving in, let's say it was automotive robotics, and they were going to open in two years. We could easily set up a lab here, have our children trained, and have a work ready force when that facility is open and ready to move," Travis said to 14 News.

Current freshmen and sophomores will be the first to use the new tech wing, and McElwain says he can already sense how excited students are for yet another big project for the school district.

"The classes are going to be about the same, but what we can do in the classes and offer as far as learning opportunities in skills, we can help train them with. A lot of the kids are excited," McElwain said.

School officials hope to break ground on the new wing this February, and say they plan to have it ready to go for the 2014-15 school year. 

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