As winter weather is literally blanketing the area with snow and freezing temperatures, construction on the new Guilford High School is moving forward as planned, and the budget is secure for the
$92 million school project.
"Right now things are actually pretty boring, in a good way. We are on budget and on schedule, so we are very happy," explained Guilford High School Building Committee Communications Subcommittee Chairman Mary Beeman.
Completion of the new high school is still slated for summer 2015, with students entering the building for the 2015-'16 school year. To date, the primary footings, cement, and concrete work have been completed. The next step is to put in the steel for the structure.
Recently the committee, which meets on a bi-weekly basis, discussed at length the previously dropped proposal for a black box theater, a flexible, multi-functional break out space, which would be used by the music department as well as extra space for lectures and drama rehearsals. The committee will again review a schematic and design for the black box addition. Beeman explained that a more specific cost estimate of the proposal will be presented to the committee sometime early this winter.
One part of the total school building project that is currently completed is the new baseball field, which was installed in the southern corner of the high school property, home to the former site of the softball field. New sod for the baseball field was laid this fall and an irrigation system was installed, readying the field for the spring season.
The field has large dugouts, a P.A. system, a media booth, storage in the dugouts, a new scoreboard and bleachers, and home and away bull pens and batting cages.