Workers are tearing down portions of the Laney campus to complete classroom and kitchen replacements, renovations and site upgrades. Senior Director of Facilities and Maintenance Benton Starks said demolition should wrap up by the end of this month.
Bids for the construction project will go out in the next 60 days, he said.
Demolition is also underway at Butler High School on Lumpkin Road for $20 million in classroom replacements, a media center renovation, stadium upgrades and a new cafeteria. The project is under one bid for the demolition and construction portion and, like the Laney project, will take up to 2½ years to complete, Starks said.
The students and staff from Laney are being temporarily housed at the Tubman Education Center on Walton Way, while construction is working around the Butler population on site.
The projects are being funded by Phase IV of the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax approved by Richmond County voters in November. About 40 campuses will be upgraded through Phase IV SPLOST in all, and about 15 projects are in the Tier I portion.