Although the attention of school officials, administrators and staff is fixed firmly on this 2016-17 academic year, it’s also exciting for the Miami Trace community to look to the future – specifically January of 2019.
Because if everything goes according to plan, a new high school will be standing and the district’s vision for a centralized campus with all new school buildings will be complete. In fact, Miami Trace is calling this new high school project “the final piece of the puzzle.”
To celebrate the beginning of this process, a special groundbreaking ceremony will be held this Thursday in the football stadium. The entire community is invited to the festivities, which are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Parking will be available in the east section of the high school parking lot. Seating will be available on the track for all guests who RSVPd.
“We’re going to have the entire district – all staff and students – attend,” said Miami Trace Superintendent David Lewis. “It will be a very nice ceremony and it will be neat for everyone to experience it. We’re going to have two students from each grade level turn dirt in order to have as many students as possible involved. It’s going to be a good day.”
If the building opens as anticipated in January 2019, current Miami Trace sophomores will graduate at the new high school.
“It’s very exciting to think about,” said Lewis. “Within a couple of weeks, we’ll be able to start showing renderings of the building to the public. We want the whole community to be a part of this process.”
A 3.9-mill, 37-year bond issue was passed by the taxpayers at the May 2015 special election, setting in motion the plans to replace the current high school with a new state-of-the-art facility. The new structure will be located on a nearly 60-acre piece of farmland to the east of the football stadium.
The new high school is on track to be approximately 160,000 square feet. In comparison, the Miami Trace Elementary School is 141,000 square feet, the middle school is 91,000 square feet, and the current high school (which opened in 1962) is approximately 127,000 square feet.
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