New Athens High School expected to open by end of month


It’s a new year, and students in Athens go back to school on Monday– but not in the new Athens High School. School leaders say it won’t be much longer before the new school opens its doors. They expect the school to be fully open and operating by the end of January.

From the outside, the school looks ready.  Inside of the school, classrooms are set up and ready.  But school leaders say, there’s still more work to be done before the new Athens High School can open its doors, marking the completion of the 60 million dollar project. 

“The state inspector will be here next week to sign off on a few things,” said Chief School Financial Officer at Athens City Schools, Serena Owsley.

The school was expected to open in the fall, but school leaders had to announce that the building still wasn’t ready.

Despite the announcements, Owsley said that the school board has not received any complaints about pushing back the date the school opens its doors.

“The community, the teachers and the students have all been very supportive and wants everything finished before they do move in,” said Owsley.

Next week, the state will inspect the school. The last step will be a thorough cleaning on the inside before students and teachers can come inside.

“The superintendent will make a public announcement and will let all the students know we will have an open house for just students and their parents before we open the school doors so they can walk through and find their classrooms,” said Owsley.

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