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Construction Begins on New Laurel Middle and High School

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LAUREL Del.- Outside Laurel High School on Tuesday, a group of six students gathered to admire their old building. They said that in their time there, they have realized the school is in bad shape.

"It's not in good shape at all," said Stephen Perdue, a student there. "The tiles fall down. It leaks all the time. There's no windows in the place."

"I think this old school is just falling apart," said Travis Neeley, a friend of Perdue.

But now construction is under way for a brand new multi-million dollar school. Approximately $74 million has been dedicated to the project, which is expected to be finished for the 2014 school year.

"I'm pretty excited about it," said Tommy Small. "I think everyone is going to be excited about it. You know, going to a new school. Having fun, getting lost in the hall ways. It'll be fun."

The new school will have multiple wings: One for the middle school, and another for the high school. They will be connected by a communal cafeteria and gymnasium in between.

The state is paying for a small portion of the project, but the great majority is being paid by the town. Laurel voters agreed to raise taxes last year in order to pay for this major project.

Laurel Councilwoman Terry Wright has been leading the charge for this new school. She said she has high hopes for the new school.

"To say it will be like night and day is not a little statement," she said. "It will truly be night and day. And when the students come in the door that first morning, I will just be so proud for Laurel."

With the 2013 school year still two months away, already many people in Laurel are looking ahead to 2014 for when the doors of this multi-million dollar school opens up for the first time.

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