Cabell Students Heading to New Schools

By: Michael Wooten Email
By: Michael Wooten Email

Many students in Cabell County will be heading to new schools starting Monday.

Consolidation and construction mean a lot of temporary changes, but school leaders want everyone to know despite a few setbacks brand new buildings are on schedule.

Robin Mankins lives right across from the old Cammack building in Huntington a school that was scheduled for demolition back in June.

"We've seen kids on the playground shooting bottle rockets into the windows where the air conditioning units were taken out, and we'll be lucky if the building doesn't burn down before it happens," planning committee member Robin Mankins said.

Despite delays and rampant rumors, school leaders say the project is on schedule to open in two years.

They showed off new 3D renderings of what the school will look like.
"Now you can actually see what we've been dreaming about, and it's a reality and I think it's beautiful, absolutely beautiful," Assistant Superintendent of Operations Michael W. O'Dell said.

Mike O’Dell is an assistant superintendent in charge of all the new construction, but he's also been busy preparing the old West and Miller schools, which will take in new students while this building is built.

Overcrowding will be an issue for the next two years, but most agree this is worth it.

Demolition should start at the old Cammack building sometime in September and could take three to six months.

Construction bids will start by the end of next month. Work has already started at the new Martha Elementary and Barboursville Middle schools and Milton Middle is up after that.

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