BV school construction going well, Powell says

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
The new Berryville High School building may be open for students for the second semester of the coming school year, superintendent Owen Powell said Thursday.
Scott Loftis / Carroll County News

By Scott Loftis

Progress on the Berryville School District’s construction project is moving well, Superintendent Owen Powell said Thursday.

The project includes the construction of a new 98,000-square-foot high school for grades 10 through 12 on the old football field, new 22,000-square-foot cafeterias for both the middle and high schools and new 22,000-square-foot media centers for both the middle and high schools.The plan also includes renovating and converting the 1942 high school into an administration building.

Powell said Thursday that the middle school work is nearly complete.

“The middle school project is very close,” he said, adding that the only remaining steps are the installation of some kitchen equipment and required inspections.

“The facility, the building, is almost complete,” he said. “It will be really close. If we’re not in it the first week of school, we’ll be in by the second week.”

The new high school building is also progressing well, Powell said, and he hopes it will be ready for students by the start of the school year’s second semester.

“That’s still our goal,” he said. “That’s what we want to do. It really comes down to the weather cooperating with us.”

Voters approved a 4.45-mill property tax increase in September 2017 to fund the new construction. The district broke ground on the project last November.

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