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Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard is asking parents and students of Whigham Elementary School to “pardon our progress” as work on much needed improvements to the school continue.
School will most likely open next week with the new middle school restrooms being completed and open for use. The all new special education restroom and restrooms on the elementary wing will not be completed.
“We are hopeful the restrooms on the middle school wing will be completed, but there is a lot of work to be done between now and next Friday,” Dr. Gilliard said.
The school system has arranged for some air-conditioned portable restroom facilities to be brought in for the first weeks of school until the construction is completed.
A number of issues resulted in the delay in work getting underway and materials for the enclosure of the hall way connecting the main building to the auditorium has yet to arrive.
The superintendent says faculty, staff and students will suffer minor inconvenience, but Whigham officials have expressed their appreciation that the project is underway.
The Grady County Board of Education recently approved an expenditure of up to $700,000 for the Whigham project. The Whigham renovations include enclosing a hallway connecting the main building to the school’s auditorium, complete renovation of the bathrooms on the elementary and middle school wings as well as the addition of a new restroom to serve special education students. Additional work at Whigham is planned for next summer.
Barber Construction of Moultrie is doing the work and the firm also did the work on the renovation of the historic Southside Elementary School auditorium a couple of years ago.