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Finishing touches being checked off at Selma High School

nearly finished: Construction carried on Thursday at the new Selma High School as workers paved the front parking lot and put a second coat of asphalt on the road that goes in front of the school. --Sarah Cook

Driving past Selma High School Thursday, several construction workers could be seen paving and putting the final touches of the new school’s entryway and front parking lot.

Ray Mathiews, director of operations for Selma City Schools, said right now the goal is to complete the paving of the front and back parking lots.

“This is all part of stage two,” Mathiews said. “This is the main drive of the front of the school so this will be going on for the next couple of days as far as construction goes.”

Once completed, Mathiews said the front parking lot will add about 50 additional parking spaces for staff and students.

“We’ve had to redirect traffic so we won’t have to do that anymore,” he said. “This will make it much easier for staff and students to access the building.”

Paul Ensign, construction manager for Volkert Construction Services, said once the main entryway is paved and striped that flagpoles and streetlights will be added to the entryway area.

The front driveway, which is directly in front of the school and has been open since June, also received a second coat yesterday.

“We’re putting the second coat and wearing surface on the front road,” Mathiews said, and added that this project should be completed and the road should be open today.

After the front parking lot is paved, Mathiews said the construction will move to the back of the building, completing phase two of the project.

Minus a few challenges in the project, Ensign said everything has been running smoothly and he expects everything to be completed soon.

“We’ve had just your normal construction bumps in the road, but we’ve been able to navigate everything pretty well,” Ensign said. “We’re very pleased with the way things have been turning out.”