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Students will navigate construction at two Dubuque high schools

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Part of the outer wall at Dubuque's Wahlert High School is missing, as the school undergoes a $15.5 million dollar renovation project. Part of the outer wall at Dubuque's Wahlert High School is missing, as the school undergoes a $15.5 million dollar renovation project.
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

When students get back to school for the year early Tuesday, they'll be dealing with construction at two local high schools.

Dubuque's Wahlert and Senior High School's in the midst of renovations that total $45 million combined.

At Wahlert, the difference is noticeable between parts of the school that have been renovated, and parts that haven't.  The lighting is brighter, the halls a little wider.

But they're still about a year away from being done with all the renovations.

"What we've done is we've moved a lot of classrooms around. Where teachers were typically at the past couple of years, we may have located them in a completely different part of the building. So it's going to be important for all of us to help our seniors, along with our freshman, to find their way throughout the building," said Ron Meyers, Wahlert's principal.

Even though some parts of the school are shut down right now, Meyers says they'll operate at 100 percent.

"I think they're going to find out it's the same school with the same type things, but a very, very different look," he said.

Across town at Dubuque Senior High School, students will immediately feel the impact of construction, as many will be dropped off in a brand new bus lane.

But most of the work meant for the inside hasn't started yet, as school officials broke ground on renovations just a few weeks ago.

"As we move through the project, students will continue to see throughout the year that they may move spaces, they may need to make some arrangements within the building, so where they receive their classes may change from time to time, as portions of the building get taken up for renovation, or as those spaces are needed," said Mike Cyze, director of school and community relations for the Dubuque Community School District.

Work on the $30 million renovation project at Dubuque Senior should be wrapped up in about two years.

Meanwhile, Cyze said there's been some work done at a number of other schools in the district, including a new bus lane at Hoover Elementary School.

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