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Pinellas is getting closer to a new Largo High

Fans of the Largo High Packers, take heart. Plans for a new school are starting to take shape.

The Pinellas County School Board is expected to approve Tuesday a $3.6 million contract with an architectural firm, Harvard Jolly Inc., to prepare designs and to provide administrative services during construction. The district will hear presentations from three construction firms later this month. After selection of one - possibly in November or December - plans will start to move forward for what the new school will look like and how construction will be phased.

Construction of a new Largo High is expected to cost about $50 million and take several years. The new campus will be built on the old site, with students moving into portables and the old Largo Central Elementary during construction. One building from the current Largo High also might be used to house students.

Largo High's old brick building was built on the current site in 1957. A replacement school has been on the district's capital projects list for years.