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JMHS improvements underway

Updated: Friday, July 11 2014, 06:33 PM EDT


Improvements to John Marshall High School in Moundsville are underway.

Corey Murphy, Marshall County assistant superintendent, said the renovation project will cost more than $25 million and will take about four years.

Phase one of the project, a new parking lot, is already completed.

Murphy said this is the first time in 50 years the school has had major improvements.

"The renovations will give it a state-of-the-art look," said Murphy. "We're now into phase two of the project inside the building and the main entrance, we are tearing out the wiring, there will be new bathrooms and it has to be completed within six weeks because school begins."

Murphy said the cafeteria will be renovated and eventually there will onlybe one lunchroom instead of two. A new heating and air conditioning system, a more secure entrance and a new stairwell will be installed, and classrooms and the administrative area will be redone.

"A new connector into the building will make it a closed campus," said Murphy. "The ultimate goal of the project is security and making sure we beef it up."

Murphy said the library will be used as temporary classrooms for now. He said they will eventually have a media or technology center.

Students and staff will be a little inconvenienced come Aug. 18, but Murphy said it should be worth it.

"We have tried to prep the students and staff because it's an active construction area, but if you can bear with us and through the project we will eventually have a state-of-the-art school," said Murphy.

JMHS improvements underway

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