“They surprised us by finishing ahead of schedule on that project,” Anderson One Superintendent Wayne Fowler said.
The furniture should come in by early December, and a month later students and teachers will move into the new 10-classroom addition.
“At Wren Middle, the sixth grade students are as excited as they can be to be occupying that building,” Fowler said. “You know the thing they like better than anything? The lockers. The sixth graders at Wren Middle have never had lockers.”
The next project to be completed will be the classroom additions at Palmetto Middle School. The schools are receiving similar renovations: both are adding 10 classrooms, receiving restroom upgrades and having their security systems improved.
Both of the projects are part of Anderson One’s $85.75 million building program. The biggest part of the program, which voters approved during a 2008 referendum, will be a new Powdersville High School.
The district is also working on renovations for Palmetto Elementary, Concrete Primary, Powdersville Middle and Spearman Elementary schools.
The last two schools on the building program’s timeline are Wren Elementary and Cedar Grove Elementary schools. Fowler said that Scott Powell, with architectural firm Craig, Gaulden and Davis, suggested the district try to bid those two projects for construction earlier than anticipated.
“We don’t want to catch the market when (costs) are going back up,” Fowler said. “We want to continue to get the best prices that we can.”
So far, the projects have cost much less than anticipated — a result of a slow economy and a high number of bidders, according to officials.
The district has also finished work on both of the high school athletic field houses.