North Rock Creek students return for the 2017-2018 school year on Aug. 10, where they'll see construction of a new high school has begun.

Aside from the construction of the new high school, Superintendent Blake Moody was pleased to announce the gravel entry road and parking lot next to the secondary campus will be paved.

That project will be funded through funds available to the school through the county's education sales tax. S&S Sealing Co. was awarded the project and will cost $23,358.

The after school program is one of the current school's best features, Moody said. The program is Monday through Friday and goes until 5 p.m. It offers students a chance to engage with their teachers and learn useful skills outside of a classroom setting.

Students can get extra tutoring, participate in physical education events, go on field trips, cultivate a garden and learn healthy cooking tips.

This program is teacher driven and offers students who aren't in band or athletics a chance to participate in an after school activity, Moody said.

When school starts, there will be several new faces at NRC. Six teachers were hired to help transition to the district having a high school.

Stacey Barton – Math

Ashley Moody - Counseling/Math

Amanda MacDonald - Language Arts

Gary Hodde - P.A.S.S (Positive Alternative to School Suspension)

Jason Murray - Science

Todd Burch - Social Studies

Barton, Murray and Burch will help build the high school athletic programs at NRC, Moody said.

Three elementary teachers were hired. They are Jennifer Barnett (counselor), Randy Goodnight (band), Paige Dan (library media).

“I am really excited about the quality of folks we have hired and already have working for us,” Moody said.

The new high school is ahead of schedule, Moody said. Dirt work is ongoing now at the school site.

“Phase one was to be finished by the middle of September, and I anticipate it finishing by the end of the week, he said. “We will start accepting bids for phase two at our school board meeting at the end of August.”

In a special election held on Jan. 10, voters in the North Rock Creek school district voted in favor of $20,910,000 bond issue that will allow the district to construct a new high school for the district that currently goes through eighth grade.

The bond issue comes with a 21 percent increase in property taxes. For every $1,000 paid in property taxes, residents will now pay an extra $210 annually.

The new high school will be a 45,350 square foot building that consists of 20 classroom spaces, a cafeteria and kitchen, band room and vocational and agriculture space.

The bond will impact property taxes for the 2017 tax year.