What problems are we trying to address by building a new high school?
Classroom space is not the principal issue but several classrooms need more flexible spaces to accommodate 21st century teaching strategies. All of the common areas are much too small and most fall well below state standards. Areas for performing arts, gymnasiums, cafeteria, and band rooms cannot satisfy the current population. The school was built for a maximum 1,000-student capacity when it opened in 1952. Several renovations later, only a few spaces (such as the media center) have grown to accommodate more than the original 1,000 planned. Building safety is an issue due to the high number of entries to the buildings (54). Parking for the current 10-12 graders is also inadequate. The building is not designed for teacher teaming and collaborative spaces for both teacher and student projects. One of the issues we are trying to address in a new building is to provide a more personalized, student-centered environment. A new design that makes every effort to create a small school atmosphe