Students working through construction maze at Clements High School

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Ready or not, here they come – could have been the battle cry at Clements High School in Limestone County. Classes back in session last week with the school right in the middle of a five million dollar renovation project. But as WHNT News 19 learned, everyone is adapting.

This is how Clements High School looked just a few short weeks ago. Major renovations underway here. Some people mistakenly thought the April 28th tornado had hit the school. Fact is, their security cameras got images of the tornado as it passed just south of the campus. Today, most of the school looks like a new school. But they’re only about halfway through a $5.4-million renovation project.

“90,000 square feet of renovation work inside, done in 45 days,” says Limestone County Schools Superintendent Tom Sisk. He added, “You know, I spoke with workers on the site who worked literally 37 days consecutively without a day off, working 10 hour days, 9 hour days. So yes, it’s taken a lot of work to get where we are today but as you look around you’re going to see the product. And that is a renovated school that looks like, feels like and even smells like a new school.”

Several areas the principal is particularly proud of, including the huge new computer lab, and a new science lab for grades 6 through 8.

Says Keith Hairrell, Clements High School Principal, “This is something right here that most schools don’t have, we’ll have a separate lab for high school and middle school. and with this, 6th, 7th and 8th graders located located in the vicinity, they can come, easy access.”

There’s still quite a bit of work left to be finished, the band room and such. But in January, when the work is done, they may start calling this the New Clements High School.

The construction was carefully planned to separate students from the work, and the workers.

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