CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) - After several years, the project to renovate Chapel Hill High School is underway.
A groundbreaking ceremony took place Tuesday morning at the decades-old school.
The current buildings have cracked foundation, asbestos tile floors, and heating and cooling units that are usually at an extreme.
"Just repairing and trying to maintain this building- the cost is astronomical," said the school's principal Sulura Jackson. "It cost the district a lot more to just try and maintain, and keep us up and running -- not running super well, just up and running."
The project is expected to cost around $70 million and will take two years to complete.
Students told CBS 17 their concerns of safety and security will also be fixed.
"I am really excited for them to have a closed campus, actually. I think that our open campus, with the recent school shootings and all of that, it's made some kids nervous to be at school," said Jessica Schinsky, a junior at school.
School officials said the new building, which will be at the same site, will be designed for 21st-century learning.
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