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Major renovations to Dubuque Senior High School for new school year

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A crew of 200 construction workers are putting the finishing touches on upgrades at Dubuque Senior High School.

They are painting, tiling and doing electrical work to make the nearly 100-year-old building more modern, just in time for the new school year for students.

"I think they're gonna be excited. There's been a lot of talk about the renovations, they kinda lived through it last year," said Julia Jorgenson, teacher. 

When students arrive next week, they will notice a new commons area. It's a space that will have seating, where they can hang out and relax.

The $30 million project includes a new cafeteria and library. "It needed updating, we're bringing in a lot of natural light," said Charlie Clasen, assistant manager of buildings. 

The biggest change of all will bring some comfort to students and staff during hot weather. "The temperature control is difficult,  pretty much all the building doesn't have air conditioning but the offices before the renovation and this building can get pretty hot," Jorgenson said. 

However, everything won't be done by  the time classes start. The new gym is scheduled to be done in February.

Construction crews will be around Dubuque Senior for another year. School administrators say phase two of the project depends on funding from the 1-cent sales tax.

They would like to add air conditioning to all the classrooms. 

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