With just 17 days until students arrive on campus, Helena-West Helena School District officials took a tour of the new Central High School Monday afternoon.

With just 17 days until students arrive on campus, Helena-West Helena School District officials took a tour of the new Central High School Monday afternoon as construction crews are working extended hours and weekends getting the building ready for the opening day of school.
Officials with Baldwin and Shell reported previously and reiterated again Monday that the classrooms and cafeteria should be ready for the first day.  As the entourage walked through the 128,000 square-ft. facility, CHS Principal Earnest Simpson, III could be heard dictating to clerical staff room assignments for the staff.
Most of the work on the classrooms appears to be complete, with the exception of the installation of the Smartboards for each classrooms and specialty equipment such as appliances for the Family and Consumer Science Kitchen.  Most observers were impressed with the new facility and could be heard commenting what an improvement it was over the old state of affairs for high school students.
Superintendent Linda English said, “It’s a beautiful facility and I am so happy for our school and our students.”
Among the items that will not be ready for opening day in the $26 million facility is the new 500-seat auditorium, which is projected to be completed in mid-September.
Also near completion is the new fieldhouse and indoor practice facility.  The new locker rooms are built to accommodate 60-players each.