Students could move into new classrooms at North Augusta High in the new year.

Dr. Shawn Foster, the chief officer of Operations and Student Services for Aiken County Public Schools, updated members of the Aiken County School Board on Tuesday about progress on construction at the school and at other facilities.

Foster said the final inspection on the addition at North Augusta High should happen in December.

“We're moving along,” he said. “It's starting to look like a school. It's going to be a beautiful building the district can be extremely proud of.”

Dr. Shawn Foster

Dr. Shawn Foster

Construction of the new addition at Aiken High is about 62 percent complete and should be finished by about April 1, 2019, Foster said.

The buildings have been bricked in, and the roofs are on, he said.

“That should speed things up,” Foster said. “They're making great progress. Aiken High is moving along well.”

The addition will include an auxiliary gym and classrooms for art, band, chorus, childcare, culinary and ROTC.

Work on the new Aiken County Adult Education Center is complete. The center is near Aiken Technical College on U.S. 1 in Graniteville.

“The location will be a tremendous asset,” Foster said. “I think it's going to yield dividends.”

Foster said the center's numbers are up from previous years and compared to other adult education facilities across the state.

“I think the location has something to do with that,” he said.

Foster said he has received bids for a new sign to be placed in front of the building and probably will present his recommendation to the board at its next meeting.

The district relocated its adult education programs from the Byrd learning Center in Graniteville at the start of the school year.

Foster said work on the restrooms at the Midland Valley High football stadium also is complete.

“We've already been using it for football games,” he said. “I think it will be extremely beneficial.”

Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.