By William Croyle
PARK HILLS - Covington Catholic High's new $10 million school building and gymnasium addition opened Sept. 15.
Well, at least part of it did.
Students have been relegated to the first floor of the new building while the second and third remain under construction.
But CovCath Principal Mike Clines said everybody at the all-boys school is holding up well.
"The kids and faculty have been very flexible, open and encouraging," Clines said Tuesday. "Morale has been great around here."
It's a little unconventional, but everyone has adapted. Classes that cannot be held on the first floor are in the gym and cafeteria, with curtains separating each class.
Those areas are where the 480 students will remain until Oct. 20, when the second floor is scheduled to open. The third floor will open in mid-November, in time for the start of the second quarter.
"It's a little hard with all the noise," junior Scott Hackman said of the makeshift classrooms. "You just have to pay attention a little more."
The 83,193-square-foot building replaces the outdated 47,000-square-foot facility that was built in 1954 and razed this year.
The gym, built the same year, received some major improvements, including new restrooms, concessions and locker rooms.
There will be 34 classrooms in the new school with two computer labs on the second floor and science labs on the third floor.
"Each teacher has been assigned a classroom, and we'll have two rooms left over," said Clines. "That's almost unheard of in schools today."
Students and faculty will also see some longer days in the upcoming months. Dismissal is currently at 2:30 p.m. That will be extended to 3:25 p.m. in the second and third quarters to make up for the late start date.
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