After about two years in the works, Science Hill High School’s massive construction project has come to an end and officials will host a dedication ceremony for the newly updated campus today.
“This has been a very long time coming for Science Hill, but everyone is so excited that it’s finally come to fruition. The students have been thrilled with their new facility. Teachers are thrilled with their new facility. It is really due to a lot of hard work from many, many people,” Director of Secondary and Student Services Dr. Janie Snyder said.
The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. The SHHS Choir is scheduled to perform and a number of city and school officials are expected to speak.
The $23 million construction project included new administrative offices, a 9th Grade Academy, a dining hall and a multipurpose gym.
Students have been enjoying the new campus since school started a few weeks ago.
“It’s wonderful that we finally have a campus that academically is tied together, so that ninth-grade students have a chance to have their core curriculum with just ninth-grade students, but yet they also have the opportunity to have their electives with other students,” Snyder said.
Before the project, Science Hill was more segmented, but the new campus essentially puts every student under one roof.
“I think it will lend itself to a lot more camaraderie, and will lend itself to being a true 9-12 high school,” Snyder said.
Completion of the project was met with a number of ups and downs, but school officials are happy to see the signs of construction come to an end.
“It’s a great feeling to know that everyone has come together and the facilities have been completed. We now have an opportunity to get everyone in the completed parts,” Snyder said.
The ceremony will be held in the new multipurpose gymnasium. Following the ceremony, tours of the new campus will be conducted and refreshments will be served.