FHS $96 Million Expansion Halfway Complete

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Fayetteville High School administrators took a tour of a section of Phase II scheduled to open to students and staff August of this year. The entire expansion project cost $96 million.

Phil Jones, Nabholz project executive, said even though it's still a construction zone, when done, the space will give students a multitude of options.

"Only the imagination of the administration and staff will limit how they can use this building," Jones said.

Phase I included fine arts and athletics, Phase II is 115 square feet with 55 extra classroom.

"This is the nitty-gritty. This is where we're going to get down into the instructional spaces," said Patty Plummer, the district's project manager. "Everything was built and designed for flexible learning spaces."

This design doesn't have the typical narrow hallways. It's more about wide-open spaces.

"Students will be in their classrooms, and then come to the court areas for group learning, group projects and even community activities," Jones said.

The new part will also house a media center with the newest technology and the design will keep energy costs low.

"It's a very exciting time for us right now and we're very excited about what we are going to open up this fall for the students and for the staff," Plummer said.

Jones said this section will be complete by the first day of classes.

"We're about to turn some of the floors and rooms to the school district for their work waxing moving in equipment and furniture and things like that in preparation for school to begin," Jones said.

The entire Fayetteville High School expansion project is expected to be complete in 2015. Then administrators said ninth graders will be added to the campus.