Parents, students get first look at new Selma High School

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SELMA, AL (WSFA) - For Ariel Woods, the images on the screen in Pickard Auditorium represent more than just a construction plan.

"I think I'm going to have a lot of fun," says Woods.

They're a preview of her future.

At age seven, she's already excited about attending the new Selma High School and says everyone benefits from the make-over.

"I think they're going to be able to concentrate instead of having all this dirt around them and trying to dust off their shoes and their clothes," she adds.

After years of what many call a sub-standard learning environment, $20 million dollars in federal stimulus funds will help the dream of a brand new Selma High School come true.

"We hope that we can get everything we want and we pray that we can afford it," says Selma City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Austin Obasohan.

The plan boasts a 9th grade wing, new auditorium, and heightened security measures.

"I think it'll be excellent, lift the kids' spirit, their morale," says Selma High parent, Pamela Strong Robinson.

If you ask most people,  they're in agreement.  Selma needs a new high school. But, there is one debate.  What will it look like? Some say they need to keep the current look to preserve history.  Others say times have changed.

"To keep a historic front part of the school, I think it would be excellent," adds Robinson.

"Probably a more modern look, because kids these days, some of them don't like the old fashioned look, they want something new," says Selma High Freshman, Kendall Thomas.

"That school has been looking like that for I don't know how long.  So it's time for a change," says Selma High School Senior, Nabretta Lewis.

But no matter what happens on the outside, students say what's on the inside is what makes the difference.

"New technology, more books for students," adds Lewis.

Leaders expect to begin construction in the fall and open for the 2012-2013 school year.

They're planning to host another town hall for suggestions on how the outside should look.

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