Wednesday, August 1, 2012
A new high school was built in the Wichita Public Schools district.
And after a controversial boundary change, it was decided that Northeast Magnet High School would be moved to the new location.
During enrollment Tuesday, many students got their first look at the building. Most of them seemed really excited to be moving into the new, fully upgraded building.
But, as could be expected, there were some that were more resistant to the change.
"I like the area, it's away from all the noise," said sophomore Jacob Green.
But final touches within the building are anything but quiet. Hammers pounded, as crews worked, quickly trying to finish construction before students arrive in a couple weeks.
"Obviously there's still a little more construction to be done on the east wing of the building, which is kind of the athletic area," said Principal Gil Alvarez.
While that athletic area won't be ready until September first, the academic wing, on the other-hand, is ready for students to walk the halls.
"I think that's what everybody looks forwards to, is when the students get to come back, and the halls are back alive again," Alvarez said.
In addition to more space, this new school also offers advanced technology.
"The technology in the newer school is going to be really nice because our classes and stuff were starting to kind of outpace the technology of our old school," said junior Dane Laughlin.
"I absolutely love it, it's huge, I mean, it's a big change, but I think we'll all get used to it," said junior Maya Shuaib.
"It's kind of scary a little bit, just because it's a new school, but it's the same people and the same great teachers so I think that it's going to be a good year," Laughlin said.
Others are still getting used to the idea.
"I've just enjoyed being in small older buildings because it's easier to get around, and it feels more like a family rather than a school," sophomore Misha German said.
But Alvarez says that with time, this school will unite, and new traditions will be made.
"It's not just bricks and mortars that make us, it's the students and the parents and the community and the tradition of excellence that we're going to maintain, even though we moved to a new building," Alvarez said.
The school plans to increase the class size each year, and in four years they should have eight hundred students.
To relieve some of the overcrowding at Heights high school, twenty-five percent of the seats for freshman are reserved for the Heights attendance area.