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New Cherokee High School Site Preparation Reaches 'Topping Out' Milestone

New Cherokee High School Site Preparation Reaches 'Topping Out' Milestone

From left, Dr. Brian V. Hightower, School Board Members Kelly Poole and Dr. Susan Padgett-Harrison, and School Board Chair Kyla Cromer at the topping out celebration on the site of the new Cherokee High.

Site preparation at the new Cherokee High School campus has reached a major milestone, as the grading contractor has completed its work and the building contractor has taken over to begin construction of the buildings and athletic facilities. 

NJ Wilbanks Contractor, Inc. held a "topping out" celebration at the site on Friday, Dec. 8 to mark the transition from site prep to building construction, which is under the management of Carroll Daniel Construction.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower attended the event, along with School Board Chair Kyla Cromer and Board Members Dr. Susan Padgett-Harrison and Kelly Poole, and staff from the CCSD Support Services division. 

The site preparation phase included the movement of 1.5 million cubic yards of dirt and the construction of 172,000 square feet of wall.  Structural steel has begun rising at the site for the new 3,000-student campus, which is projected to open in August of 2026. 

Progress on CCSD school construction projects is updated monthly at each CCSD School Board meeting, and those reports can be found on each month's agenda.  The updates for December can be viewed here

man speaking outdoors with microphone on construction site

Trey Moores, CCSD Chief of Support Services, thanks the NJ Wilbanks Contractor team for their work on the project. 

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