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Students find new look at Heth-Washington Elementary

When students returned to Heth-Washington Elementary School near Central this semester, they may not have recognized the building.
A $3.6 million construction and renovation project by Koetter Construction of Floyds Knobs is well underway and is expected to be finished by this time next year.
“The classrooms are in good shape. They’ve got new windows in them. They’ve got the new heating units in each room set. (Koetter) has done a lot during summer,” said Carolyn Wallace, director of business operations at South Harrison Community School Corp.
Koetter also worked on the New Middletown Elementary School project last year.
Kindergarten students will have to wait a bit longer before stepping through the front doors of Heth-Washington for the first time. Due to construction, students will be using the east entrance.
Use of alternate exits has already been approved by the fire marshal.
Though students should have few disruptions during the school day, Wallace said that due to ongoing work in the art and music classrooms those classes will be held in homerooms instead.
Construction will continue during the day with renovations to the existing structure taking place at night.
The steel framework for the new gym and classrooms has also already been erected.
The new gym will seat 450 and have a concession area and changing area — firsts for Heth-Washington.
Other changes will include a new roof over the classroom wing, a brick veneer exterior, new interior finishes, plumbing, doors and frames, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and electrical and technology upgrades.
Areas to be renovated or added include a media center, rest rooms, storage areas, general purpose classrooms, special education classrooms, student services and administration area, and special areas for special needs, such as tutoring.
All areas will be handicapped accessible.
Bids for construction on South Central Junior-Senior High are to be opened on Aug. 29. Work is expected to begin there in late October or early November and take two years to complete.