WATCH: What’s the latest on Fairmont High School’s $10M auditorium construction?

The new auditorium at Fairmont High School is deep into construction along Shroyer Boulevard. Block walls have begun to creep toward the sidewalk and will eventually result in a glass-fronted lobby that will give the building a fresher look.

Big improvements over the old theater, which was demolished, include more space. The new auditorium, including the lobby, will be 19,200 square feet. And the stage space will increase to 4,800 square feet, up from 3,000. The height of the new stage will be 50 feet, giving the students more space for production theatrics according to school officials.

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Construction space has been tight in front of the school, according to Ken Lackey, director of business services for the Kettering City School District.

“One change coming soon is the crosswalk in front of the school will be moved north on Shroyer to allow us to bring the construction fence all the way out to the road, which will close the sidewalk in front of Fairmont,” Lackey said.

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The $10 million project is a few weeks behind due to rain, Lackey said.

“We hope to make some of that time up if the weather this summer allows us to do so,” he said. “Right now we are not planning to schedule any events in the auditorium before February of 2019. If we can get in sooner, that will be a bonus.”

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