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Longhorn excitement builds as high school nears completion

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The new high school at Viola is taking shape and will soon be filled with students. A lot of inside work remains to be done, but one can now see a vision of what the end result should look like. Completion date is set for the middle of April and if all goes well, some classrooms in the new building will be in use before the end of this school year.

Workers were installing drywall in the classrooms last week as well as doors as this phase of the building project gets closer to completion. Once this building is completed, two older buildings now housing the parent's center and preschool will be torn down to make room for eight additional classrooms that will be connected by a covered walkway.

When all is complete the new building will house a total of 18 classrooms, and a P.E. facility. Included in the building are two science classrooms as well as a science lab, a large fully equipped home economics room, and an art room with a separate area for a kiln. When the building project is complete, grades 9-12 will have their classrooms here. Some 7 and 8 grade classes will also be held in the new building. The agri and vo-tech classes will remain where they are.

When people enter the front doors of the building, glassed in offices on the side will be the first thing they will see. Beyond these offices are the administration offices for the high school principal and the counselor's office as well as a conference room and storage areas.

The long spacious hallway will have student lockers down one side. The hallway has been built to FEMA standards to be used as a safe room in the event of a tornado. Re-enforced concrete in the walls on each side and on the ceiling, along with steel re-enforcements should keep students safe should a tornado hit the building.

As you wind through the roads and the many buildings on the Viola campus, it is obvious that this building was a much needed improvement. As the building is readied for the next school year a lot of shuffling among the other buildings will be done to provide as much efficiency as possible for day to day operations at the school.

After the academic portion of the campus is completed, plans call for a new gym to be built at one end of the high school, but this is a project Superintendent John Mays says probably won't happen for many years.

The new high school will also have a much needed parking area built and Mays hopes that will also be completed by the time the new school year begins.

To help ease traffic at the campus they are currently working on a new access road on the south side of the elementary campus to drop off and pick up students. May said this should greatly decrease the traffic congestion at the school in the mornings and at the end of the school day.

Once the building projects are completed, Viola school should have a modern up-to-date campus for the Longhorns to learn in.

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