Major Makeover Planned For Grissom High School

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A major makeover appears to be in store for the city of Huntsville's biggest high school.

School board members announced that they are planning a $58 million renovation of Grissom High School at Thursday night's meeting. The massive rebuilding project will essentially build a new facility at the current site on Bailey Cove Road, with much of the current building set to be demolished.

Features of the makeover include the addition of a third story, along with plenty of more space for parking. Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski said the project is tenatively scheduled to be completed by 2016, and will bring temporary changes for ninth graders who live in the Grissom attendance zone.

"At Grissom, we're looking to finally build a new school," said Wardynski. "It will entail holding ninth grade students back at the middle schools during construction, so at Grissom we would probably have something like 10, 11, 12, that's the thinking today."

The Grissom renovation is just one part of district-wide five year capitol improvement plan.

Other parts of the blueprint include converting Butler and Johnson High Schools to 7th through 12th grade campuses. Middle school students would use building space that is currently unoccupied at both high school campuses.

All of the projects are dependent on the renewal of a citywide property tax that will be voted on later this month.

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