Work is progressing on four Aiken County Public School District's construction projects.

Kevin Chipman, the director of Facilities Construction, updated the Aiken County School Board on Tuesday on work at Aiken High, Ridge Spring-Monetta High, Graniteville Elementary and restrooms at the Silver Bluff High football stadium.

Renovations to the James A. Taylor Gymnasium at Aiken High School are about 20% complete, Chipman said. Work includes the removal of slabs and walls in locker rooms and bleachers in the gym.

The cost of the renovation is about $6.5 million, and work is expected to be complete by late November.

At the new Ridge Spring-Monetta High, work includes the concession stand and bleachers in the new football stadium, the school's brick facade, concrete block walls in the gym and the roof.

“A lot of activity is going on all over that campus,” Chipman said. “It's really looking good.”

The cost of the project is just over $32 million, and work should be finished by the end of the year.

Chipman said renovations and new construction at the new Graniteville Elementary are “roughly 74% and seem to be on schedule.” The windows, made of safety tempered glass, are going in in the new cafeteria, and the roof is going on.

The cost is about $6 million, and work should be complete by early August for the start of the 2019-20 school year on Aug. 19.

The new restrooms at the Silver Bluff High football stadium are about 20% complete. The walls are up; the roof is on; and shingles will go on shortly, Chipman said.

“Everything is looking good,” he said.

In other business, the board approved the expansion of the Community Eligibility Provision to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to students at Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle in Bath, Schofield Middle in Aiken and Mossy Creek Elementary in North Augusta.

The expansion affects 8,000 students at those schools and brings the total number of schools in the district that receive free breakfast and lunch to 19.

Per the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Community Eligibility Provision "allows the country's highest poverty schools and school districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications," according to the School Board agenda.

Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.

A native of Aiken, Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.