LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Gwinnett County students who want to get into music and the fine arts industry will have a new place to practice their skills. The state-of-the-art facility opens this school year and will offer classes for all kinds of roles in the performing arts.

The Central Gwinnett High School Band was rehearsing in the gym on Wednesday, as crews continue wrapping up construction on the new School of the Arts at the campus. It’s the first school dedicated to fine arts in Gwinnett County. Students are looking forward to returning to classes and playing in their new band hall. “It’s honestly really exciting being able to be thrown into a big diversity with lots of different students,” said Dalanda Barry, a senior.

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“It’s going to be about over a 50,000 square foot addition to our existing school,” said CGHS Principal Shane Orr. Crews are hard at work with just two weeks left to complete the construction. All of the fine arts departments will move into the new building. The City of Lawrenceville funded $5 million of the roughly $13 million project, according to school officials. “That facility is going to include new band, chorus and orchestra spaces, as well as a new art space, a new kiln room and an outdoor art space,” said Orr. “There will also be a new space for video broadcast journalism.” They’re also renovating the theater and installing a new dance space.

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After adjusting to a pandemic, students and staff are ready for a new chapter and a new building. “Our students are gonna have the opportunity, after a year and a half away, to come to a space where they’re gonna be able to fulfill their dreams,” Orr said. “I hope that everything goes well. I know it’s going to go well, because we have amazing faculty coming in,” Barry said.

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CGHS starts in-person classes on August 4.