Construction at EACS continues as students prepare to head back Monday

East Allen County Schools are gearing up for classes Monday, but the construction isn't slowing down.

Posted: Aug. 11, 2018 9:49 PM
Updated: Aug. 12, 2018 10:08 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- East Allen County Schools are gearing up for classes Monday, but the construction isn't slowing down.

"Hopefully we can go through and understand that we are under construction right now," said Kirby Stahly, assistant superintendent of administrative services.

Almost every school in East Allen County has some kind of construction going on as the new year approaches. It's all a part of a $87.5 million project, with New Haven High School costing about $30 million.

"There's always hurdles along the way, and we just have to say, 'Okay, we're going to overcome this. The end result is going to justify us and get us there,'" Stahly said.

The projects are right on schedule, but on their Facebook page, EACS said the contractors are currently looking for more construction workers. Anyone interested in those jobs can click here.

"We've had discussions with at least a couple of our contractors on the need for additional skilled trades," Stahly said.

That's one of the reasons EACS is also investing in a career and technical education center that will open in about two years. It's a way to help students who may want to go into a trade.

"We believe we're going to have a nice end product when everything is done," Stahly said.

Students and parents can also expect the demolition of New Haven Middle School, and secure entrances and an auxiliary gym put into New Haven High School at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

As a thank you, the school district is offering community members free admission to all of the opening night football games in EACS.

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