LOUISVILLE, Ky. — By the end of next summer, the third floor of the Academy @ Shawnee should be back open to students and staff at the west Louisville school.
The expected reopening date ahead of the 2021-22 school year will mark 40 years since the third floor was condemned because of structural issues.
And it will coincide with the completion of a roughly $40 million renovation of the magnet middle and high school that has also featured improvements to Shawnee’s library, auditorium, gym, classrooms, natatorium, hallways and other areas.
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The looming completion of that work on the school at 4001 Herman St., which dates back to 1929, may seem to mark the closing of another chapter in its history.
But Kym Rice, the Academy @ Shawnee’s principal, views it differently.
“This is just the beginning of what the Academy @ Shawnee will look like,” Rice said Tuesday while standing in the new library space. “… I really cannot wait for our students, our staff and our families to come back to our building and see all the changes we made.”
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Rice and other Jefferson County Public Schools officials led reporters Tuesday morning through a hard-hat tour of the school, which buzzed with the sounds of construction as it otherwise remains closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. John Niehoff, a JCPS architect