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Two High School Projects Finish On Time & Under Budget


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JEFFERSON CITY – The Jefferson City High School and Capital City High School projects remain on schedule as Jefferson City Public Schools prepares for the start of the 2019-2020 school year on Tuesday, August 27th. The two large-scale projects, which continue to be under budget, are slated for completion in early 2020. 


“Watching these two projects come to life while remaining on time and under budget has been remarkable,” said Dr. Larry Linthacum, JCPS Superintendent. “I continue to be so impressed by our staff, our students, our contractors, and our community members who are all working stronger together to help see these projects through to the finish line.” 


More than 50 mid-Missouri contractors and subcontractors have been engaged during the design and construction process for both high schools with another 22 Missouri contractors outside of the central region providing support. Over 80 percent of those who have worked diligently on both projects call mid-Missouri home.


Renovations at Jefferson City High School began in June of 2018. Over the summer of 2019, renovations of the gymnasium, cafeteria, kitchen, have continued, just to name a few. In fact, 40 percent of the project ($22 million) was finished over a span of only three months. Work on some areas such as the new auxiliary gymnasium, building connector and storm shelter will continue through the Fall of 2019, with final classroom completion slated for early 2020. 


Construction at Capital City High School has progressed at a notable pace for a new build. Rock blasting and tree clearing at the site began in the Spring of 2018, and the goal of having the building “under roof” by Thanksgiving of 2018 was impressively met. Forty classrooms, common areas, kitchen facilities, administrative offices, and practice fields are ready to receive 9th and 10th grade students for the 2019-2020 school year, with full project completion expected by the end of the year. 


In 2017, Jefferson City Public Schools’ voters approved the Prop J bond issue to build a second high school and completely overhaul the look and feel of the current high school. Nabholz Construction was chosen as the Construction Manager over both high schools in part due to the company’s extensive experience on similarly-scaled school projects of this kind.


The Jefferson City Public Schools “Renovation & Construction Updates” webpage now includes a project timeline, photo galleries with images from both high school sites, a Work Zone Cam from Jefferson City High School, a Work Zone Cam from Capital City High School, and project renderings for those who are interested in following along with the final stretch of progress. 


The district will release a video “walk-through” later this week, to allow community members to see project status as of August 14th, 2019. Community Open House events are being planned for Sunday, January 12th, 2020. The public will be invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and self-guided tours at Jefferson City High School at 1:00pm and Capital City High School at 3:00pm. More details will be released soon.

Two High Schools Timeline