Members of the community toured the Waynesville High School Campus during the Campus Completion Celebration on Sunday, learning about the history of the campus during the ceremony.
The 44-acre site was purchased by the Waynesville R-VI Board of Education in July 1995. Following an investment of $41.9 million in the campus, the high school complex will now accommodate up to 2,200 students. Assuming a growth rate of 1.5 percent per year, the high school will meet the needs of the community for the next 20 years.
One of the most important additions is the 9th Grade Center, which features 58,000 square feet of academic space that will help students transition from middle school to high school.
About the Ninth Grade Center
The physical space of the 9th Grade Center is a critical ingredient to the program's success. Essentially, the 9th Grade Center is a building within a building. While the center houses core courses and facilities dedicated to freshmen, it remains connected so that students can take advantage of the high school's elective classes and programs. Interaction with upperclassmen is encouraged in their shared spaces, including the library, cafeteria and elective classrooms.
Students and faculty have been arranged in small learning communities where core teachers work with a smaller group of freshmen to get to know them, their parents and their specific learning styles. In addition to collaborating to solve problems, the teams tackle rigorous interdisciplinary units, using skills that are important to all core subjects. This moves learning into a larger context that is more relevant and "real world" for students.
The celebration featured members of the Waynesville High School band and choir performing, along with the posting of the colors by the JROTC.
The event's speakers included Judene Blackburn, superintendent; Erwin Morriss, former superintendent; LeRoy Fulmer, president of the board of education; Allison Bonner, all-school president; Courtney Long, high school principal; Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman; and State Rep. Steve Lynch. Brig. Gen. Anthony Funkhouser, the U.S. Army Engineer School Commandant at Fort Leonard Wood, attended and represented Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood.
The building project
Finishing touches continue on some of the areas, but the recent additions included:
• 24 new classrooms
• locker room renovations
• wrestling room
• cafeteria expansion
• library expansion
• band storage
• interior renovations
• stadium and bleachers
• football and soccer field
• locker rooms
• baseball field
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• large lecture hall
• multipurpose PE space
• early childhood lab