Construction Continues on Two Columbia High Schools

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COLUMBIA - Although their permanent school building isn't finished yet, the Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School's 64 students attended class for the first time Monday on the campus of Columbia College.  Students who will attend Battle High School two years from now hope they won't have a temporary home while waiting for their multi-million-dollar school to be completed.

Construction is on schedule with around 150 workers on the scene daily.  The main road to Battle High - St. Charles Road- is also receiving improvements.  The road is being widened for turn lanes and traffic signals are being installed.

As for the Father Tolton Regional High School, it will have something Columbia Public Schools don't offer.

"It's a school that's based in faith, in a faith community, rooted in gospel values.  It's so important that we have a few days to have the students bond together as a community, that we understand what our mission is and why we exist, and then they can start going to classes and we'll exist as a high school from that point on," said Principal Kristie Wolfe.

The faculty hope the new Catholic High School building will be opened by October.  As for Battle High, it should open in August 2013.