With the end of the 2016-17 school year looming at the end of the month, construction projects at new and existing Forsyth County public schools will continue through the summer, and they are more than on track.
Denmark High School, which is being built on Mullinax Road in southwest Forsyth, is still projected to be completed in April 2018, well ahead of its opening in August of that year, said Tom Wening, director of construction for Forsyth County Schools.
The site sees more than 275 workers on premises daily, Wening told the Board of Education at their monthly work session last week.
Also during their work session, the Forsyth County Board of Education:
• Discussed electronic LED signs at the Alliance Academy for Innovation, the county’s seventh brick-and-mortar high school, which will also open in August 2018. Both new high schools will have electronic signs
• Was presented a bond timeline, which will culminate in May for voters to approve or deny a new capital outlay bond. Denmark was the last project on the current bond
• Unanimously approved a contract to upgrade cabling for Wi-Fi access in all schools
The goal is to reach dry-in by October — the point when every part of the building is enclosed as it will be when open so rain cannot get in, allowing for climate control and HVAC units to be installed.
Synthetic turf fields that will be located on campus have been procured. The fields will be under the same agreement as the school system has with the county government at Lambert High School, which allows the Parks and Recreation Department to use the fields when high school sports teams are not.
“We’re aiming to get the athletic fields finished by next spring so students can use them before school opens,” Wening said.
The turf will be a newer technology than Lambert’s — they will be cooler and encapsulated.
Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bearden said this will be the new standard for synthetic turf fields in the district and that fields will be eventually replaced at the end of their life cycles with this higher-grade material.