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Schools: $6.6 million WHS renovation ready to start

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

Crews should start work next week on a $6.6 million renovation of Waccamaw High that will give the school a 600-seat auditorium, a new media center, new classrooms and a new roof.

The school district awarded two contracts for the work last week. H.G. Reynolds of Aiken bid $6.08 million for the building project. Spann Roofing of Conway bid $674,970 to replace the 20-year-old roof.

The auditorium addition will start first, said Steve Usry, the project architect. It should be complete by March and Reynolds will begin turning the old auditorium into a media center.

The roofing work will continue into the school year, said Lisa Ackerman, the district’s director of special projects.

The renovation will remove the school’s glass atrium. “Hopefully, it will make that space more useful to the school,” Usry said.

The exterior stucco will be replaced with a polished block as part of the renovation.

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