Aiken school board taking next steps in construction

Aiken school board taking next steps in construction

AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - Having finished work at the new Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, the bulk of the district's construction efforts are being focused on a couple of the county's largest high schools.

Aiken and North Augusta high schools are getting sizable investments, with the intention of modernizing students' educations.

Aiken High School is getting a new front office administration area, a new cafeteria, library, and a new media center.
North Augusta High School will have the same upgrades, with an added freshman academy wing.

New renderings will be presented to the board, along with a revised budget.

The chief officer for operations and student services for Aiken schools, Dr. Shawn Foster, says he does not foresee any holdups in the construction.

Here's a quick look at the latest financial estimates:

Aiken High School
-Population: ~1,450
-Cost to complete: ~$29 million
-Finished: November 2017

North Augusta High School
-Population: ~1,500
-Cost to complete: ~$40 million
-Finished: December 2018

Leavelle McCampbell Middle School
-Population: ~630
-Cost to complete: ~$19 million
-Finished: Celebrated its ribbon-cutting August 5, 2017.

Many of the improvements are attributed to the 'penny tax,' voted on in 2014.

The meeting is Tuesday at 7pm in the school district office at 1000 Brookhaven Drive.
Kids return to class in Aiken County Wednesday, August 23.

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