Madison HS Renovations Nearly Complete
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
August 22, 2013 4:55 PM
Construction crews fill hallways of Madison's High School. Students searching for their chemistry class will have to wait a few more weeks before learning in the schools new labs.
“Everything in this building has been practically renovated,” said Superintendent Vince Schaefer.
But, a new science wing is just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to summertime renovations at the school.
“It's a significant change for Madison Central to start after Labor Day, but it's going to be worth the wait,” added Schaefer.
The renovations cost nearly $15 million and were initially expected to be finished by December, but only a few parts of the school need some finishing touches.
“What is waiting is the auditorium. It's around a 400 hundred seat auditorium that's being renovated and then the center for our band and vocal center,” said Schaefer.
Along with a new library, when school starts the day after Labor Day, Superintendent Vince Schaefer says the school will be unrecognizable.
“Everybody that comes in the door this fall will come into a new experience for them, whether you are a 30 year veteran teacher or a 1st year teacher or a freshman coming for the first time,” said Schaefer.
The changes are around every corner. The school's temperature is controlled by geothermal pipes that run down the schools corridors and varsity athletes get an upgrade in the locker room compared to teams past.
“This used to be a classroom. Now, it's the administrative office area,” said Schaefer.
While, Madison Central is brand new, it's still in the same building and education officials say that saves tax payers millions.
“It's not glitzy and glamorous like it could be. It was meant to be something that is a good investment for tax payers and that will serve us well for the next 50 years,” added Schaefer.
Crunch time continues at the High School in Madison, hoping to have everything up and running by October.