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June 11, 2014

Renovations, repairs underway around district

GLASGOW — The Barren County school district is getting a bit of a face lift this summer, as Barren County High and Austin-Tracy Elementary schools and the central office are undergoing renovations.

Barren County Schools Superintendent Bo Matthews said the construction projects total $1.6 million.

At BCHS, roof work is being completed at the gymnasium, and the front entrance to the gym is being modified as well.

Austin-Tracy’s gym roof is being repaired, as is the roof at Barren County Schools’ Central Office.

The front entrance to the high school gym had drainage issues that needed to be addressed, and Matthews said since they were making these renovations this summer, he wanted to make the best of it and solve the issue.

“We wanted to orchestrate several projects during the summer to protect instruction in the district,” Matthews said.

BCHS Principal Steve Riley said the work to the gym is routine because, “there is to be some deterioration expected over the years,” and that the BCHS community is most excited about work in the library.

“We’re updating it to make it very modern and technologically conducive for students to excel,” Riley said.

Riley said they expect to keep some of the older aspects, such as books and other research items that have been helpful for students in the past.

“This is going to be in the best interest of the students,” Riley said.

The new media center will be 6,200 square feet the work will cost about $700,000. Alliance Corp. is handling each project, Matthews said.

The high school, which was built in the early 1970s, hasn’t had its media center renovated like other schools in the district.

“The high school should be the pinnacle, and now it will be,” Matthews said. “It will be a rejuvenated heart.”

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