GIRARD — The façade of Girard middle and high school has taken on a new look.

The frame for the commons area – estimated at $1.2 million – is complete, but work is still underway to make the deadline of next school year. Superintendent of Schools Blaise Bauer said the districtwide construction deadline will be tight.

“We are going to run up to the start of school,” Bauer said.

Construction at the joint middle and high school has been ongoing since last summer when nine science classes were renovated or constructed.

Middle school offices were recently completed and expansion for the agriculture department concludes next week. About two-thirds of the student body is involved in the department.

“We were very crowded and tight in the agriculture classrooms,” Bauer said. “It also allows us to add a couple agriculture related labs in the classroom … Just modernize and bring the program up to date.”

Work has continued at the elementary school as well.

Although, with the end of the school year in sight, working to manage classroom space around students should be finished.

At the elementary school, demolition begins May 31 on eight classrooms and the library, which was the old cheese factory. The entryway, cafeteria and front offices on the north side will be complete on June 5. Four classrooms that will serve as storm shelters, a music room, library and computer lab is ongoing and will be completed by Aug. 1, Bauer said.

The $16 million in construction was approved by voters in April 2014. The bond was approved by 80 percent of the voters.

— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.