North Rock Creek Public Schools will open its new high school building in August, just in time for current freshman and eighth graders to begin the Fall semester.
North Rock Creek Superintendent Dr. Blake Moody said there will be 160-200 students next Fall and 350-400 students total by the time current freshmen are seniors in 2021, making it a 3A school.
"This was a long term dream...this community has been hoping that they can keep and take care of their students after eighth grade for decades because our kids go off to other high schools and we're not able to provide them our educational experiences here so now we'll be able to," Moody said.
With the news of the school opening, Moody explained many people have applied for teaching positions.
"We haven't had any problems finding new teachers once they found out a new high school was opening...we've been very fortunate in that regard," Moody said.
Already, Moody explained, the administration has found seven teachers for the sophomore class next year and will hire them officially in a February School Board meeting.
By the time the school is finished, Moody said North Rock Creek will have hired around 50 new employees.
The district already opened the high school and have hired 12 teachers to teach the current 80 freshmen. The students have been attending classes in the middle school building, but Moody said they will soon have the opportunity to enjoy their sophomore year in the new building.
North Rock Creek High School has already started programs including agriculture, band, sporting teams, academic teams and will open a fine arts program next year.
Moody said the new high school building under construction is 42,000 square feet and will have a state of the art library, a new cafeteria and many other resources for students.
"The new building will have facilities for agricultural education, band, a food court, full science and STEM labs, Special Education facilities, an Innovation Media Center and state of the art classrooms that will benefit middle school students as much as high school students," Moody said.
Money for the high school came from a nearly $21 million bond issue passed by voters in January 2017. The bond also was also used to fund other projects for the district.
"This bond issue also funded a future baseball field, track, and administrative facilities that alleviate an increase enrollment at the elementary by moving the finance offices and board room out of the elementary," Moody said.