After months of construction, things are winding down at South Walton High School.
Principal Alexis Tibbetts said the add-ons, including a new entrance and 10 new classrooms, will help the school provide better service to its students while ensuring a safer learning environment.
"I'm going to be so glad when it's done, we're so excited about it," Tibbetts said.
The new rooms will give teachers, who have have resorted to using portables, their own space and state-of-the-art appliances to educate students.
"The sophomores kind of know it's their wing, but a lot of upper classmen and freshmen will have a few classes out there too," she said.
In addition, certain curriculum for sophomore courses — like English and world history — overlap and removable dividers were installed between two classrooms to integrate teaching. Tibbetts said access to a larger room will also be great for parent meetings since their library is almost full and have around 900 kids.
Other than some delays from Hurricane Michael, Tibbetts said construction went smoothly and that Culpepper Construction Company worked hard while respecting the school's space and keeping the academic spirit alive.
Next, the school will expand its athletic complex, which Tibbetts said the school board has already set money aside for.
"We've got to increase our space, our bleachers, our concession stand, our training room (and) our field house," Tibbetts said. "We have a lot of kids participating in sports."
In the future, South Walton High School will continue to work to provide a learning environment suitable for its growing student body and will take on other expansions projects if needs be.
As of Jan 22, minor construction was still ongoing, but major structures were complete.
"It's not going to be perfect, but we knew it wouldn't be," Tibbetts said. "We just wanted to let everybody know that we're near the end and we're moving on."
A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the end of major construction for the expansion was scheduled to take place Friday morning to give parents and guests an opportunity to hear speakers and tour the finished product.