Renderings unveiled for new high school

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Plans for a new east side high school took a big step forward Tuesday.  School leaders unveiled the renderings and floor plans for how the new school will look.

The school will be located behind the Hampstead development on Taylor Road.  Architects with Goodwill, Mills and Cawood want the school to fit into the surrounding neighborhood.

"The buildings are much more human scale, they're two stories at the highest," said Carla Percival-Young, the project architect for the school.  " And there's a way to walk through the entire campus at the center without leaving the campus."

The word campus is a key one for Superintendent Barbara Thompson.

I'm considering this more of a college campus feel, where students are moving from building to building," Thompson said. "It's self-contained.  We think it's on an absolutely beautiful site."

The current plan calls for 28 classrooms, and the site offers the flexibility for the school to expand if needed.  The gymnasium and cafeteria will be adjacent to one another, with the capacity to allow people in the cafeteria to watch an event in the gymnasium.

Thompson said the school's design will enable teachers and staff members to keep a closer eye on students passing through the hallways.

'This allows us to be more actively involved in what students are doing all the time, because you aren't stationed away from kids. You're right in the middle of it."

The construction is expected to cost around $23 million.  It funded in part by bonds, federal grants and funding from the city and county.  While the school does have a design, it doesn't have a name just yet.  The school board will take input from the public, before deciding on a name in March.  The school is scheduled to open in Fall 2013.

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