Walls are up, cement floors have hardened and James Blair Middle School is taking shape at Ironbound and Longhill roads.
It's a place Ty Harris has only been once, but around which he will plan most of his days starting July 1.
More than a year before its scheduled open date in September 2018, the Williamsburg-James City County School Board hired 40-year-old Harris as the school's principal. He leads a similarly sized school in Falls Church.
Harris has been a principal at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School for two years, overseeing about 588 students in 2016-17. He was promoted from assistant principal at Henderson, which Superintendent Olwen Herron said was a selling...