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Weather delays could push back new Sherman High debut

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The new Sherman High School campus is taking shape. (KTEN) The new Sherman High School campus is taking shape. (KTEN)
The Sherman ISD Bond Progress Committee toured the site of the new high school on October 28, 2019. (KTEN) The Sherman ISD Bond Progress Committee toured the site of the new high school on October 28, 2019. (KTEN)
An architectural rendering of the courtyard of the new Sherman High School. (Sherman ISD) An architectural rendering of the courtyard of the new Sherman High School. (Sherman ISD)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Construction delays at the new Sherman High School campus could push back its scheduled opening next summer.

The district's Bond Progress Committee visited the site on Monday for an in-person update.

"We've been working off plans for so long," principal Jennifer Politi said. "Now it's finally coming together."

Concrete slabs have been poured, steel beams are up, and after 14 months of work, the new high school is starting to look like a building.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tyson Bennett said it's important for the committee to get a first-hand look.

"Show them from the inside the progress on the project," he said. "As you can see, we've gone vertical."

Visitors can now examine the size of the cafeteria, the fine arts department, classrooms, and the auditorium space.

"It's generations that have built the foundation of where we are standing right now," Politi said. "Our future is where the finished is going to be coming from in the building;  it's very exciting."

But there's still a lot of work to be done before students are walking the halls.

"We are right smack in the middle of structural construction," project manager Lee Thomas said. "I mean, everything here is structural. Everything here is mission critical. This is the bones of the job."

An average of 250 workers every day are trying to get the job done for the fall 2020 semester.

"We've increased our paving, we've increased with crane mats and getting things put in place faster so that the weather doesn't affect us," Thomas said.

But they still have to make up for 67 days when work was halted for inclement weather.

Sherman Independent School District officials concede they might have to push back the start of from the middle of August to the end of the month,  giving them 19 additional construction days to finish out the new high school.

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