The start of the 2008-09 school year looks a lot like the start of the 2007-08 school year in Commerce.
That is, there is the expectation that construction will begin on a new high school.
It didn’t happen last year. Superintendent of Schools James E. “Mac” McCoy says it will this time around.
Bids will be open on the “practice” gym Aug. 21, and work is expected to start after Labor Day.
“Depending on how fast that goes up, we will start the new school,” McCoy said. “I anticipate somewhere around February or March.”
The construction will take approximately 24 months and will occur on the current CHS site. Once the “practice” gym is occupied, the existing gym will be demolished and construction on the new 125,600-square-foot school — which will include another new gym — will begin. The projected cost is $18 million.
Weather, but more likely the delivery of steel needed for the gym, could affect that schedule.
Meanwhile, officials expect around 1,500 students when school opens Thursday, a number McCoy concedes is something of a guess since more students tend to show up than are expected.
“Historically, we have 25 to 30 more students than the previous year,” he added. Last year, the system wound up with 1,490 students.
For the complete story, see the Aug. 6 edition of The Commerce News.