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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

HHS Phase II Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled

Highlands will hold a Groundbreaking Ceremony to kickoff Phase II of the Highlands High School Renovation on tomorrow at 2pm.

A short program will include student performances by the the Jazz Ensemble with remarks from school and district administrators. The Fort Thomas Education Foundation will be presenting a check for $750,000 to the Board of Education to help fund this project. A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held to conclude the program.

Phase 2, an estimated $3.3 million project, will be focused on the south academic building. The south academic building houses 40% of the classrooms in the high school, including the entire English and Social Studies departments. The renovation will improve the educational climate in these classrooms, accompanied by renovation of offices and hallways. Phase 2 will also provide a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to this building and equip it with a geothermal energy system.

Electrical and technological upgrades will be made to enable state- of-the-art teaching tools in this part of the high school campus, bringing it up to the level of the north academic building completed in Phase 1 of the renovation. The project will also include new energy efficient windows, as well as a new 30-year roof to complete the envelope of the building. This spring, the Fort Thomas Education Foundation offered $750,000 to the Fort Thomas Independent School District to begin Phase 2. This envelope project is the first piece of Phase 2, and the piece that will be most visible to the public as you drive by the high school.

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