TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KTEN) — Students and staff at two south central Oklahoma school districts are ready to open the doors to their new high schools in anticipation of the upcoming school year.

In 2021, taxpayers in Marietta and Tishomingo approved school bonds for their districts totaling $19 million and $24.5 million respectively.

For Marietta, the completion of a combined middle and high school was supposed to be complete one year ago, but experienced delays.

With the building set to officially open next month, the timing is more crucial than ever.

"The waiting for sure ... that's probably been the most challenging,” Marietta superintendent Brandi Naylor said. “Right after the storm and tornado that we had, we're going to really need a win and need something positive. I think it's going to be great for the kids."

Both campuses will have updated amenities: new classrooms, saferooms and cafeterias. For Tishomingo, the convenience of being connected to the old high school, which will become the new middle school, will be a plus for teachers.

"We've talked about aligning our subject areas across the grade levels,” Tishomingo superintendent Brandon Moreland said. “Now we'll have sixth grade through twelfth grade teachers over here. Aligning the curriculum is definitely one of the things that we want to do with our teachers for them to work as teams."

Tishomingo’s first day of school is August 15 and for Marietta, it will be August 8.