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North Augusta High students could be in new classrooms by end of January

December 13, 2018

Students could be in the new classroom addition at North Augusta High School by the end of January or the first of February 2019.

Dr. Shawn Foster, the chief officer of Operations and Student Services for the Aiken County Public School District, updated Aiken County School Board members on construction at North Augusta High, Aiken High and Ridge Spring-Monetta High on Tuesday at their regular meeting.

The final inspection on the addition at North Augusta High will be Dec. 21, Foster said.

“Once we’ve cleared the final inspection, the general contractor will start the final cleanup, and technology will come in,” he said. “Then, we’ll start to work with the school on a transition plan. We’re starting to look like a school – no more construction.”

Work is “still progressing very well” on the new addition at Aiken High School, Foster said.

Foster said fencing around the Aiken High campus should begin over the Christmas break and will be completed in stages.

Substantial construction at Aiken High should be complete by April 1, 2019, Foster said.

Walls are going up at the new Ridge Spring-Monetta High School in Monetta, Foster said. School district officials broke ground on the project in August.

“It’s amazing what these guys can do in a short period of time,” Foster said. “The weather has been a challenge, but they are working around the conditions. We’re progressing very well.”

The School Board also approved a one-time use of funds from a growth in fund balance to support upgrades to security and facilities and provide additional supplies for schools and a Christmas bonus for all employees.

In other business, Keith Liner was elected the new School Board chairman. Dwight Smith was elected the new vice chairman. Both received a majority of five votes.

Jennifer Minolfo, the treasurer of the the Aiken Council of the International Reading Association, presented awards to distinguished teachers of literacy across the district.

Stacia Nuessle, a first-grade teacher at Chukker Creek Elementary, received the Distinguished Teacher of Reading Award for elementary schools, and Francesca Pataro, who teaches Advanced Placement language and composition at Aiken High, received the Distinguished Teacher of Reading Award for secondary schools.

The school district also recognized past school board members Levi Green and John Wesley Hightower for their combined 37 years of service to the School Board and school district.

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