New high school in Waco coming along, more work to be done

POSTED: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 6:11pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

WACO -- University High School students will be getting a new home in a few months.

There are lots of new upgrades, but officials say there's more work to be done.

A new school means more room for the incoming students.

More than 1,400 students are packed into the old building right now. So, Assistant Principal, Larry Carpenter, says space and safety are a high priority.

"Our current campus has multiple, what we call, out buildings. So, students would have to go out of the main building, into those other buildings and they'd have to cross the drive that comes around the school." The new school is completely enclosed.

The project costs $70 million. Approved by voters, it's the largest project funded by the Waco ISD's $172 million bond.

Officials say a lot of hard work and money goes into building a school like this, but the opportunity it brings to the area is worth it.

"Since it's been being built, I've had a lot of people ask: "What is that? Is that new mall going in over there?" When I tell them, no, that's the new university high school, they're like 'Wow! That's very impressive. What kind of things are you going to be offering," explained Carpenter.

Officials say there is more work to be done with purging the current school of 60 years worth of documents, but it should be done during Summer break.

Teachers will start work on June 6th. So, expect to see the new building filled with students in Fall 2011.


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