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New Whitefish High School Hits A Few "Bumps"

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Whitefish is looking forward to building a brand new high school, but more work, and more fundraising, has to happen for the doors to open next August.

You can already tell what some of the rooms are supposed to be: a library, a classroom, a cafeteria. The work has come a long way since breaking ground in April.

"I've done a lot of residential and some commercial, but this is a very large commercial job to oversee and it's been just really exciting," said Dow Powell, a representative with the school district.

The pathway between the old and new buildings is called the link because it connects the two. It is temporarily paved with plywood, but eventually it will be covered.

"We had some budget bumps along the way, but we're trying to solve those as we go," said Powell.

A bump to the tune of almost a quarter of a million dollars-- that is how over budget the nearly $19 million project is. Last summer, the district got a million dollar grant from the Iron Horse Foundation to help renovate the gym and weight room in the old building since these areas will be part of the new school.

More fundraising like this, and cost cutting measures, have to happen for the school to be ready next year.

"We're in those planning stages right now, and hoping to be able to start furnishing the school towards the end of this school year," said Powell.

Some are more excited than others for the switch over.

"It's kind of a bummer that we don't get any of the new school, but it's exciting that it's finally coming together," said Erin Tabish, a senior at Whitefish High School.

Tabish said she plans to come back over Christmas break next year to see how the new high school turned out.

Dow says he will lead another tour of the site next month.

Click here to contact Whitefish High School, or here to check out their Facebook page.

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