FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) - When students returned to Fayetteville High School on Monday (Aug. 18) their school had close to fifty brand new classrooms.
The high school has 106,000 square feet of new classroom space. There are 48 classrooms, as well as some project labs in open spaces.
Michelle Fyfe teaches 12th grade English. She said the new classrooms allow for more collaboration and group work with students.
"You know they really are excited to be in a brand new space," she said. "They kind of are in awe of how amazing it is. I've got collaboration stations set up, so instead of having to move all the desks around they are going to be able to go straight to those stations and it's going to make it much quicker."
Fyfe said she is happy to be working in her new classroom.
"Oh ya, the kids are the best part of teaching," she said. "I guarantee you, most teachers would much rather be in the classroom with the kids than be doing anything else."
Fayetteville Principal John Jacoby said the new classrooms will help increase the quality of education.
"It is a special day, and I'm extremely pleased for them that they feel good about their environment," he said. "A good learning environment obviously increases learning."
The new building is part of the $96 million Transformation of FHS project that started in 2010.
Voters passed a millage increase in 2010 to fund half of the project. School officials said the other half was paid for with stimulus bonds.
The project is expected to be complete by next August.
"We are extremely pleased that our community supported the millage a few years ago," Jacoby said. "We have one more year to go, and we will complete the transformation of Fayetteville High School."
Starting next school year, 9th grade students will attend Fayetteville High School, joining students in grades 10 through 12. Jacoby said that will add 700 to 800 new students next year.