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A new year, a new high school

2011: Where are they now? An update of the Sandy Post's top stories of the year
by: file photo Sandy's new high school under construction.

When it opens for the 2012-13 school year, Sandy's new high school will double its space to 310,000 square feet and increase its student capacity to 1,600, with support space for an additional 200.

As students and staff bid adieu to their stomping grounds, they anticipate the amenities and opportunities the new high school will afford. Construction is on schedule, and school doors will open September 2012.

 Designed to be more energy and cost efficient, the school features natural lighting above the gymnasium through what are called clerestories, a displacement air system, an underground cistern that recycles rain and shower water and green roofs.

A few facts and highlights

• There are 10 classrooms per floor per wing, totaling 60.

• Additional learning spaces offered are the Career and Technical Education department -- including a new construction management program -- fine arts, performing arts and athletic facilities.

• The theater will hold 500 people and feature an orchestra pit.

• The library will triple its size.

• Fully wireless, students can use handheld learning devices in the school and parents visiting can access Internet with guest passes.

• The athletic facility will offer seating for 1,800 in the main gymnasium, a weight room and an indoor track.

• The science labs will be fully equipped to offer more lab experiences for students.

• A two-level cafeteria and commons space will include an outdoor patio.

The new property is located on Bell Street and will span 82 acres of forested property.

Funding for the building came from a voter-approved $114.9 million bond in November 2008.