The City of Junction City has issued a construction permit for the new Junction City High School, according to Unified School District 475. This permit will allow concrete work and vertical construction scheduled to begin immediately at the site of the new school.

“Fire Chief Terry Johnson and his staff have poured themselves into completion of construction plan reviews,” USD 475 Chief Operations Officer David Wild said.

The city staff has recorded well over 600 hours of review time as well as obtained expertise from Hutchinson and a consultant from the Kansas City area, he said.

“(City Manager) Allen Dinkel and the Chief recognized the enormity of the review consisting of approximately 1,200 pages of plans and future inspection tasks. They then assembled a team of qualified personnel to perform the reviews,” Wild said.

Costs associated with reviews and inspections are offset by permit fees paid by the school district, he said.

The USD 475 Board of Education recently approved construction costs for the building and athletic facilities, allowing Hutton Construction to make final subcontract awards and nail down a construction timeline.

The high school project remains on schedule for completion in time for the new school to open to students in August 2021.

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