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Construction ongoing during 1st days of class in Daviess Co.

Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 6:00 AM CDT
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DAVIESS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Daviess County students also got up early to head back to class Wednesday morning.

Construction continues at Apollo High School as crews work on a new addition to the school.

14 News caught up with Daviess County Public Schools Director of Maintenance and Operations, David Shutt, to learn more about the project.

Shutt says the new addition will add 28 classrooms and five resource rooms. It will also create innovative spaces for students, like an engineering wing and animal science room. The new area will create new pick-up lines for parents which should help eliminate traffic on the roads surrounding the school.

Shutt says once the addition is done, crews will begin renovations inside the high school. This will include building a new cafeteria and kitchen area. He says once that’s completed in two years, Apollo will feel like a brand new school.

“Everybody is excited, and it’s a positive thing,” David Shutt said. “Any time you can improve a facility for the students and your staff, it’s a win-win. And everybody is looking forward to getting it completed and open.”

That project should wrap up in October.

The new Daviess County Middle School is also under construction.

Shutt says the new school will be able to hold 900 students. Shutt says safety was a large priority with this school. There will be a large outdoor space in the middle of the school for outdoor time without having to leave the school walls. The school will also have built-in storm shelters.

Each wing will have classrooms that can operate as a shelter. He says they are designed to withstand a direct hit from a tornado. Each of those rooms will have its own ventilation, restroom, lighting and plenty of space.

“There’s adequate room for all students and staff to retreat to these areas until the storm passes,” Shutt says.

Shutt says that the school should be able to welcome students next August.

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