GAINESVILLE, Tex. -- The Gainesville Independent School District has some big changes in store for the upcoming school year, most of which will be taking place at the brand new high school. Stephanie Breltic has the details.
After spending five decades in the same school, there will now be new and exciting changes, like an on-campus radio and TV station, upgraded technology, plus the opportunity to earn college credit.
"We've got the junior college across the road which is going to allow our students to take more dual credit classes. Our kids are going to be graduating high school with thirty or more credits, college credits,” Gainesville I.S.D. superintendent Bill Gravitt says.
The need for a new building started at the junior high. Those students will take over the current building, and the new facility will allow the district to keep up with increasing numbers of students with 175,000-square feet of space.
It’s that extra space that soon to be sophomore Zachary Wolfe is nervous about.
"I just got done getting used to the old high school and now it's another new high school so it's going to be different. It's a lot bigger, different people, and it's just a whole different thing."
Even with the fears that come with change, Superintendent Bill Gravitt says he's excited to see the kids actually fill the halls, enjoying some of the amenities, like a coffee shop and two gymnasiums, and even getting used to the new rule changes like a new standardized dress code. They are all things he hopes help the kids make the school their own.
"We wanted the kids to feel like this is their facility, and they had something new, something to take care of, something to be responsible for."
Workers spent the day putting the finishing touches on the new school for tonight's ribbon cutting on the $24.5 million facility.
Administrators say the building should be ready for students by the first day of school in late August.