Education based building projects adding jobs in Jackson County

(07/19/13) Three major construction projects are working around the rain this summer in the Sylva area. Work is progressing on the new performing arts center, classrooms, and gymnasium complex at Smoky Mountain High School. The target date is to have the facility open in time for the upcoming basketball season. Another education based building project is the roof repair project at Cullowhee Valley School. The weather has slowed this project which contractors had hoped to have wrapped up by the time school starts back in August. Workers are taking every opportunity of every break in the weather to reduce the huge inventory of building materials on site and get the leaks stopped in the school. The third project is the new dental clinic being constructed next to the Jackson County Rescue Squad Building on County Services Drive above the Department on Aging. This facility is designed to provide dental training for students completing their internship and practicuum at East Carolina University. The students willl be working under the supervision of a licensed dentist.  The objective of this project is to bring more dentists to underserved rural communities.