Sneak Peek: New Eureka Springs High School to include high-tech perks

Thursday, July 26, 2012

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Eureka Springs High School officials expect to add more students once the new 88,000-square-foot school building opens for students in January.

Enrollment dropped by about 75 students in the previous school year.

"We're having a campaign going on this summer and we have started gaining a few students," said Curtis Turner, Superintendent of the Eureka Springs School District. "It looks like we're going to be up this fall, but we won't know until school starts. Usually with a new building, you gain students."

Construction is expected to be completed in the fall on the new school set on the backdrop of mountain views near the middle school on Greenwood Hollow Road, said Lodie Dixon, construction foreman.

Contractor Kinco Constructors has about 50 workers on the job.

The interior soon will be completed and furnishings are being selected by school staff.

"If everything goes as planned, we will be move there by Jan. 1," Turner said. "The building itself is not like a traditional school building -- it's got more of a homey atmosphere. You can tell a lot of hours of thought was put into the design of the building."

Morrison Architecture in Eureka Springs designed the new high school.

The three-story building offers a variety of traditional-sized classrooms and smaller rooms for group work. The brilliant red building in back of the main school will house trade courses.

Students return for class after the holiday break on Jan. 3, and the school plans to hold an open house for parents and students in grades 9-12 on Jan. 2.

"They will be able to come down and check out their lockers and classrooms and get an idea of the lay of the building," Turner said.

A food court area will be located in the back of the high school along with the cafeteria, and students will be able to dine outside.

"Another neat thing is we'll have TVs throughout there, so we'll do a lot of school news, ballgames and things," Turner said. "There are a lot of extra things like that I think the kids will really enjoy."

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