Thursday, May 05 2011
Even though EVSC Superintendent Dr. Vince Bertram is stepping down, one of his biggest initiatives is on its way up.
The brand new North Junior High and High School is just months away from completion.
Fox 7's took an exclusive tour around the school on Friday.
Next year, it won't just be new classes for these North High school students.
It'll be a brand new school altogether.
Project Manager George Link was our personal tour guide around the 85 million dollar facility.
We walked with him for an hour...and couldn't cover everything.
That's because this school is designed to handle 3,000 thousand students.
"Whether you're doing a small school for 500 students or a large one for 3,000, they have the same features. It's just different in the scale of it."
The scale of this one is grand.
And all the window's aren't just for show...they're built to save energy.
"You can see the daylighting in here on a cloudy day with no lights on so imagine what it's gonna be like on a sunny day."
Each classroom is equipped with some pretty green features: each light has a daylight sensor, dimmer, and occupancy sensor that automatically adjusts the temperature of the room.
Changes outside the classroom too, from the high school's open, food-court-style cafeteria to its thousand seat-auditorium.
All coming together in less than two years.
"That's a pretty incredible accomplishment. When you look at this in a traditional scale, this would probably be a three year building project."
Link says construction on North Junior High should wrap in august in time for the new school year.
If everything stays on schedule, the high school should be finished in December, allowing students to get settled after winter break.