VALDOSTA — Partial demolition of Lowndes High School is nearing completion just before school starts.

Anyone driving past the Norman Drive campus this summer might have noticed the front half of the building in rubble.

Assistant Lowndes County School Superintendent Ken Overman said JCI Construction started taking down the A and B wing, or the front part of the LHS campus, in June.

“They are hauling off the rubble now,” Overman said. “Where A and B wing and part of the parking lot are is where the three-story structure will be built.”

The parking lot should be cleared and ready for use prior to Aug. 1, said Jeff Hill, Lowndes County Schools facilities coordinator.

Overman said the main office will be temporarily housed near the cafeteria, so that is where parents and students should go to check in and out.

A new sighting on the LHS campus are portables, which will contain the family and consumer science, health-occupation and technology classes.

Hill said most of the materials – such as concrete, brick, steel and aluminum – left over from the demolition can be recycled.

“The large majority of that building is going to be recycled, so it’s not going to fill up in a landfill,” Hill said. “There are some things you won’t be able to recycle, but it amazes me how much is going to be recycled.”

The demolition project is moving at a great speed and Hill said he is excited to see it move into its next steps, which include closing in the exterior of A and B wing and laying out the foundation for the new three-story structure that will go up where A and B wing are. 

“Everything is moving along very well,” Hill said. “You never know what you’re going to run into with a building of this age, but we had no surprises that weren’t already identified beforehand.”

Katelyn Umholtz is a reporter with the Valdosta Daily Times. She can be contacted at (229)244-3400 ext. 1256.

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