January 3, 2012
The new calendar year also means another first day of school for students at Spaght Multimedia Magnet, 2316 E. 10th on Wednesday, January 4.
The students will attend school in their brand-new building for the first time. The students had a brief tour of their new building before leaving on winter break so they could easily find their new classrooms when they return to school.
“The new school is very beautiful and we are excited to have students learning in this new facility,” said Kimberly Sherfield, principal at Spaght. “Our students have been watching the new school being built for over a year and they are anxious to be in their new school.”
The new Spaght is part of the $370 million bond issue passed in 2008. The 64,000 square foot facility holds 450 students and features a music room, an art room, computer lab, a large library, a
cafeteria and a multi-purpose room that is also a FEMA storm shelter.
The school has a television studio and control room to support the school’s multimedia magnet theme.
The original bond issue plan for Spaght was to build an addition to the school, but upon further study of the original school building and its poor condition, it was decided by the Board of Education that a brand-new building would better serve the students and save money from additional repair costs.
The school was completed in December and school staff spent the winter break moving into the new building and getting their classrooms ready for students.
Families and community members will have an opportunity to tour the new school on Thursday, February 2 at 5:30 p.m. during a special open house. There will be a short program in the multi-purpose room, followed by reading and math activities.
The school was built adjacent to the old Spaght school, which was will be demolished to make room for more parking and playground space.