Over the last year, many school districts in Pottawatomie County have made changes to their school sites including Dale Public Schools and North Rock Creek.

In January of 2018 Dale broke ground on their new high school building and since then have opened the building for students.

According to Superintendent Charlie Dickinson, the new high school has 20 new classrooms and houses around 250-300 students.

Dickinson said the new classrooms include two new science labs and a 30 station computer lab.

In addition to the new high school, DPS also built a new gym which Dickinson said is bigger, has air conditioning and better climate control.

The gym will be able to hold several people during sporting events and it will be more modern.

Dickinson said the project is funded by a $10 million bond issue that was passed in 2017 with 72 percent of people in favor of the enhancements.

In addition to Dale, North Rock Creek opened its new high school and completed its first semester with students.

According to Superintendent Dr. Blake Moody, the new school has 65 inch teaching screens that teachers can use to touch, write, work on and they also have microphone access.

Moody explained the school's Innovation Center has a 20 foot long and 10 foot tall sheet rock wall that has short throw projectors that allow the wall to turn into a touch screen teaching wall. Moody said there is also a broadcast media studio in the Innovation Center and digital screens throughout the school.

The high school houses ninth graders and tenth graders and Moody said by the time this year's sophomores are seniors there will be 350-500 students making it a 3A school.

In addition to the new school building, Moody said the district is continuing their work on their new FEMA safe room at the elementary school.

It is a multipurpose four classroom during the day and a safe room after hours. It is expected to be completed around December of 2019.

Moody explained workers are still doing construction to various athletic sites including a new baseball field, new track, athletic complex, administration building and new stadium seating. These are expected to be completed in February or March of 2020.

Lastly members of the Shawnee community and surrounding areas gathered at Gordon Cooper Technology Center’s 50th anniversary in October.

Many alumni and members of the community attended the event and learned about the school's history and current programs.

There was something for everyone including games, prizes, food and other activities.

GCTC highlighted several different programs at the celebration including welding, health, construction, safety services and more.

According to GCTC Superintendent Bob Perry, the school began in 1969 and the celebration was a success as many new students had the chance to learn about the school.