AUBURN, Ala.- A new Auburn High School is more than halfway done, and is coming in at its $62 million budget.
The school system says it will be ready for them to receive the keys in late April and for the August 2017 school year.
Grades 10,11 and 12 will be in the school, and it has the capacity to hold 2,200 students.
Construction crews are working from inside out now and getting things like brick laying and electrical work done. The 350,000 sq ft facility sits on 101 acres and features a 900 seat performing art center, two competition gyms, one of which will be a saferoom in the event of a disaster. The facility will also house the school’s athletic teams and will be energy efficient. The school will feature 1,100 parking spots as well.
Auburn City Schools Public Relations Specialist, Daniel Chesser said the school has a real community feel and the classrooms will have a floating model feel where different subjects can be taught in them like in college.
The school system added that this will help achieve their needs.
“We have an issue with enrollment growth,” Chesser said. “We’re growing at a pace of about 300 students per year. Over the past five years, we’ve been the fastest growing school system in the State of Alabama. Opening this facility will alleviate some of that growth and pressure and crowding at the secondary level.”
Once the school opens this upcoming August, the current high school will be the new junior high for eighth and ninth grade. The current junior high will be renamed and be only for seventh grade. Drake Middle School will be only sixth grade.
As for the new elementary school on Richland Road that is slated to be open in August 2018, the school system expects to see drawings on it by the end of the year.