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Published August 21, 2012, 05:59 PM

Contruction Nearly Complete at GF Schools

Some construction projects at Grand Forks schools are coming to a close and some are already done just in time for the first day.

Some construction projects at Grand Forks schools are coming to a close and some are already done just in time for the first day.

Central High School still has several projects that will continue through the fall.

Dakota Feist is a Senior at Central High School and has been driving to school since he was a sophomore.

Dakota: "You know it was kind of a big deal because I got my license, more independent. "

With several construction projects going on at Central High it's very clear what he is most excited about - the extra parking.

Dakota: "I usually end up parking by the Y and I usually try to get here early enough so I can find a spot."

Two buildings have been torn down near the high school just for extra parking but that's not all. School officials are trying to get as much done as they can before the first day.

Buck Kasowski, Central High School Principal: "Whether it's art teachers, art people or theatre people we've all been moving and hauling and trying to get rooms ready for the very first day so we're excited about it."

Mike Steffens, Building and Grounds Director: "You know the teachers are all excited about moving in and we're trying to get everything in place the best we can."

The nearly nine million dollar project includes a new gym which was finished earlier this year, the fine arts addition and remodeled theatre. Construction on restoring the auditorium continues which will add seating as well as update the stage and balcony.

Kasowski: "Every time you step in there it's like wow this is really something, it's going to be wonderful."

Central isn't the only school with new additions. Red River High School also added more parking and restored a new performance hall that was damaged by fire. Cushman field is nearly complete as well. Bleachers just need to be installed.

Construction on the auditorium at Central is expected to be finished this fall and they expect to have a teachers lot back by September and the old Y lot by October.

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