Heavy construction continues on brand new Region 8 high school

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) "I've never seen anything like it," said Greene County Tech Superintendent, Jerry Noble.

It's a can't-miss project off Highway 49 in Paragould.

"It's going to be the most spectacular high school facility I've ever been around, and I've been around a long time," said Noble.

All of the school is under a roof except the arena, and GCT Superintendent Jerry Noble says that should be under a roof by the end of the month.

"We plan to begin classes in January of 2012," said Noble.

From the academic halls, to the arena, cafeteria and auditorium, they're working feverishly to complete this 248 thousand square foot facility.

"To see it from the beginning site work to where it is now in basically a year is phenomenal,"said Greene County Tech Facilities Director, Keith Davis.

Built to hold one thousand students, Davis says he thinks between 720 and 760 10th, 11th, and 12th graders will move in here.

"The pride that our community, the pride that our students already are showing, they wish they could move in in August," said Davis.

Superintendent Jerry Noble says the academic portion of the school has a total price tag of about 40 million dollars

He says there's a sports facility in the future, as well.

"It includes an indoor practice facility, football stadium, softball field and baseball field," said Noble.

Noble says they want to finish the academic portion of the school before they start on the athletic facility.

"We're delaying the start of that project until approximately next November, we will begin that phase of the project," said Noble.

Noble says the sports facility is going to be done in phases. They want to know exactly how much they will be working with on the first phase in terms of funding, and they won't know that until the academic part is fully complete.

Again, they expect completion in November of 2011, students will start in January of 2012.

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