The Spring Hill Independent School District (ISD) is starting out the 2011-2012 school year with a new, ultra-modern high school.
Spring Hill ISD Superintendent Wes Jones welcomed the crowd attending the opening, and recognized attending dignitaries. The district opened new high schools in 1932, 1961, 1981, and now in 2011. Jones outlined the district’s vision for the future, starting with the 25-member Needs Assessment Committee, a demographer who said Spring Hill will grow, and how 70% of the community voted in favor of the new school.
Features of the $41.8 million new school include:
• 170,000 square feet posh building – although current enrollment is 540, it can presently accommodate 800, and can be expanded for 1000.
• 440-foot main corridor.
• A gym with seating capacity of 1400, with dressing rooms for boys and girls, and state-of-the-art weight rooms.
There are also two academic wings arrayed on two stories, and featuring:
• Four up-to-date science labs.
• One art room.
• One Food Science room.
• One Library with computer lab.
• One Theater Classroom and a 204-seat Little Theater.
• Projectors and voice-over IP in all classrooms.
• One heart-throbbing band hall with the latest acoustical technology, sound system and soundproof practice rooms with yard lines on the floor so students can practice their marching inside.
• One Choir Room that doubles as a dance studio with a floor specifically designed for dancing. There are sensor-controlled lights to conserve energy.
• Three hundred student parking places.
• A Cafeteria designed like a food court, with a seating capacity of 300.
• An internet cafe to sell coffee.
Jones also acknowledged the contributions of Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt, Mayor Jay Dean, City Manager David Willard, City Councilman Robert Manly, Keith Bonds and Dave Spurrier. He also credited the school board and everyone who assisted in the construction of the new school. He left out no one, including his wife Carrie and their three sons, who encouraged him throughout the project.