Montgomery Public School leaders gave the media its first look inside the system's newest high school Thursday when it hosted a tour and sneak peek at the construction progress.
MPS officials say they're pretty pleased with the progress so far on the new facility, which spans 165,00 square feet over approximately 54 acres. Better yet, the cost is on budget.
The principal says there are significant changes every day on the site, and even during the tour construction workers continued building the multi-million dollar education center.
Principal Rocky Smith says the west wing of the school is about 85 percent complete. That section will house around 400 9th and 10th grade students.
The east wing is not far behind that completion percentage, and there's even a footprint for a third wing if it's ever needed.
In all, there are some 45 classrooms, 8 science labs, 4 banks of lockers, career tech centers and plenty of office space away from the classroom for teachers.
Designers kept Alabama's unpredictable weather in mind, also. Each floor has three safe rooms in case of storms, and each can withstand 250 mph winds. The rooms have the feel of a bank vault with walls more than a foot thick!
One of the most impressive pieces of the new school is the design of its new media center. It will feature both a traditional library and a cyber-cafe for online resources.
The school has an open-campus feel to it, even boasting a courtyard.
With the brand new facility, a lot will be expected of the students who attend, says Principal Smith.
Security will also be high-tech with more than 115 cameras throughout. The campus, itself, will be pretty restricted.
The first 400 students will start taking their seats when classes start back in the fall.
When the school reaches capacity, it will be home to more than 1,200 students stretching across four grade levels. That capacity should be reached in about two years.
Parents of students outside the MPS system right now can begin registering for school starting on June 17 and through June 20. That registration will take place as Wilson Elementary School.
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