Allen County School District campus to continue renovations into school year

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SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- As August draws near and schools prepare to welcome students back, one Allen County school will continue its long-term construction even as classes begin.

James E. Bazzell Middle School is completing the final stages of an eight-million dollar renovation.

The project began summer of 2016, with approximately 75 percent complete 3 weeks before the school year begins.

Renovations are affecting classrooms and restrooms, along with the cafeteria, library and more.

"With the building being over 30 years, it's now the oldest building on the school campus, and it's time for just a good face lift and renovation," said Randall Jackson, Allen County School District superintendent. "And we feel like it will provide an optimal educational experience for our students."

The school will have new work spaces and technology, along with updated electric and plumbing work.

In the meantime, students can expect some rerouting, like the possibility of a secondary entrance, while construction is completed.

"Our back entrance will be [completed], which will not affect bus loading and unloading," Brian Carter, assistant superintendent of operations, said. "But where our drop-offs are, pick-ups in afternoons -- we will probably have to have an alternate route to get the students in the building, but it will all be right there in the front."

The district says they should be finished with the renovations come Fall Break.

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