Jefferson City High School renovations underway ahead of school year

A view of Jefferson City High School from Lafayette Street. The building will undergo a complete overhaul in several phases. (Megan Sanchez/KRCG 13)

On the first day of classes at Jefferson City High School next Thursday, students will get to see brand new renovations to the building's fourth floor.

JCPS Director of Communications Ryan Burns said the area has been fully renovated with new floors, new drywall and new lighting fixtures. Part of the overall building renovations will include new furniture building-wide, which she expects will happen next summer.

That isn't the only project going on at the high school. Construction crews were on site and fences up as they completely renovate the 1960's building.

According to the district's website, the passage of Proposition J in April 2017 will allow for a complete overhaul of JCHS and Nichols Career Center.

The plan will have some students attending class in trailers this fall, but Burns said this will not hinder learning.

"It is going to require patience from everybody involved," she said. "In some instances, you might have to take seven or eight steps where you used to just have to take five, but that learning and teaching environment will not be impacted for our students."

The project will take place in phases. Nabholz - a construction company with offices in Springfield and Kansas City - is managing the project.

Burns said she expects area of heavy construction, such as the Lafayette Street side of the building, will clear up significantly before the start of school Thursday. She said traffic flow will be adjusted on Jay Drive - it will be closed to through traffic.

"Our number one priority as we head into the school week next week is just to create a safe and positive learning environment for our students," she said.

While a lot of work and dollars will go in to this project, Burns said it will be worth it.

"At the end of this project we will have a completely brand new Jefferson City High School that has all of the amenities of a new facility were we to build it from scratch," she said.

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