Valley Head School ready for students following renovations

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VALLEY HEAD, Ala. (WHNT) -- Valley Head School is ready for the new year, with new renovations.

Mold was found at Valley Head School several months ago. School leaders say it wasn't harmful to the students, and plans were made to clear the decades-old building of it entirely. Structural issues were also a concern, which leaders wanted to address.

In the weeks until the school year ended, students were doubled up in classrooms that were mold-free. The plan was to renovate and fix the school over the summer.

This week, yellow tape still surrounds much of the outside of the school. DeKalb County Schools Assistant Superintendent Brian Thomas says the projects are nearly complete.

Thomas says the entire school underwent a major upgrade, including renovating the classrooms and installing new heating and air conditioning units. "We still have work to do. The auditorium is not completed yet, but we'll get on that next," Thomas says.

New lockers and desks are also part of the renovations. As for the unfinished projects, Thomas says they plan to have those finished shortly. In renovating the school, leaders say they've remedied the prior issues.

Thomas says they're inviting the public to an open house next Tuesday. "We want everybody to come out and see all the work that's been done," Thomas says, "We're really proud of the school."

The open house is scheduled for next Tuesday, August 5th, from four until six.