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Groundbreaking date set for new Prescott High School

By Roger Hulne

Prescott School Superintendent

PRESCOTT--As summer begins the slow transition to fall, students begin to focus on school routines.

Fall sport practices are underway. School supply sales are in full force. The days are getting shorter.

Just as we begin to focus on a new school year, we also look expectantly at a new chapter for the Prescott School District with the construction of a new high school building to meet space needs for students throughout the district. The design work for the new building is essentially finished. The site work will be bid in August, with work to begin in September. With a two-year construction process, the new high school will be open for the 2016-2017 school year.

As the new building proceeds, planning will start for reallocating grades throughout the existing school buildings. The current high school will serve as the middle school for grades 6-8. The existing middle school will service as an intermediate school for grades 4-5, as well as provide some space for other community uses. The current elementary building will serve grades K-3 as well as early childhood special education.

With adequate facilities for our students, the portable classrooms will be removed from the playground at Malone, providing more outdoor education and recreation space. The district will no longer need to rent off-site space for early childhood education and alternative high school programming.

The district has set up some key opportunities for the community to get a glimpse at the new high school plans and participate in the groundbreaking. Two Community Information Sessions are planned this fall. The first will be on Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The second session will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. These sessions will be a great opportunity to see the final building layout for the high school and ask any questions you may have. The design team did an excellent job of assuring the space will fit the approved bond amount and was designed with the future in mind. This will truly be a community asset and a sign of Prescott’s commitment to education.

There is also a very special opportunity to participate in the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. This is the day our community pulls together to start celebrating Prescott Daze and is a very appropriate opportunity to gather for the celebration of our collective effort to build the future of our students. The ceremony will include performances by the high school band and choir students, comments from key education supporters and an opportunity to share this milestone together. The ceremony will happen along Dexter Street.

These are exciting times for our students and our entire community. Along with providing space needs for education, community backing is important in all areas of student development. Showing support at performances, cheering at athletic events and providing academic encouragement is vital for student growth. We are grateful for a community that embraces those opportunities and builds the kind of character that makes Prescott students stand out. From tutoring to coaching, from fundraising to attending events, that support is what makes Prescott such a great community!

We hope you can include these celebrations in your back-to-school planning.