Construction at the new middle and high school in Havre de Grace is “on time, under budget and will be ready for the 2020-2021 school year,” Cornell Brown, assistant superintendent of operations for Harford County Public Schools, said. The $80 million combined school that will replace the separate, aging buildings.

The school is expected to be an economic development boost and bring new residents to a city that already has a number of benefits such as being on the waterfront, being one of the safest cities in the U.S. and “a great place to raise a kid.”

The office, library and auditorium will be in the center of the building, with the middle school and high schools wings on each side, he said. Once the new school is built and occupied, the existing high school building at Congress Avenue and Juniata Street will be demolished and a parking lot will be built in its place.