The wait is over.
On Wednesday, state and county officials will unveil the new Parkville High School—fresh off of a 3-year-long $34.5 million dollar renovation project that gave the aging school a much needed facelift.
Principal Charlene DiMino and schools superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance will lead a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
According to a statement made by the school system, the project "includes additions to the school's stage, elevator, corridors, and mezzanine areas, as well as renovations including new floors, ceiling, lighting, and interior and exterior doors."
Charles Herndon, a school system spokesman, said that work at the school is "ninety-nine percent" complete and should be finished completely by December 2012—ahead of the spring 2013 date the school system anticipated.
"Renovations also improve the roof, the Career and Technology Education building, masonry, ventilation, plumbing, and air conditioning systems. New sprinkler and fire alarm systems enhance safety, and improvements were made to the bus loop and parking lots," the statement said.
Basically, it's a whole new building constructed without ever taking down the original school, constructed in 1957.
The ribbon-cutting is open to the public, Herndon said, and following the ceremony there will be a few short guided tours through the building.
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