When students at the Homer High School begin classes in less than two weeks they will return to a construction zone. Provisions are in place to keep students safe and continue learning.
With the start of school closing in fast, construction crews at the Homer High School are working to quickly wrap up most of the demolition that has turned the school into a dusty work zone.
The building is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation that includes the addition of a new music wing, renovated auditorium, and a new gym.
Workers are preparing to reopen the bus loop in front of the school. Homer Police may be needed to stop traffic at the start of school to accommodate rerouted buses.
Demolition will continue into the fall, schools superintendent Nancy Ruscio says protections will be in place to safeguard student health and safety.
Ruscio says if work becomes too disruptive construction crews will be moved to a second shift.
With the gym out of commission some students will be bused off site for physical education, others will utilize the smaller gym, weight rooms, and dance studio for modified instruction.
The project should be complete by February 2017.