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Arlington City Administrator Paul Ellis, left, and Arlington School Board President Mary Levesque cut the ribbon on the new wing of Arlington High School on Sept. 15.

 

Arlington High School’s expansion opened with the new school year with nine new classrooms as part of the new wing.

A scene shop for the drama department and a tech shop for engineering students were also part of the new construction.

School officials hosted a tour of the new wing on Sept. 15.

“This was all made possible by the community supporting our 2020 capital projects levy,” said Arlington High School Superintendent Chrys Sweeting. “We are very grateful for that support and excited to share with you our new facility."

Due to population growth the district was running out of classroom space and proposed the high school expansion on the 2020 levy.

The tech lab offers some different types of machines that students can now get experience with.

“We’ve got three rooms in here specifically to allow us to have a clean room where we can use some of the more sensitive equipment that can’t get dirty,” said Brian Long, director of college and career readiness with the district.

Another room at the lab will host the more traditional machines that cause metal and wood shavings.

“We’re really excited about this opportunity because more than anything it allows our students to prepare for the future that is going to be,” said Long.

Two classrooms in the new wing will also host the life skills department with the district, which focuses on children with disabilities that require special attention and the learning of specific skills to become independent.

“We meet the needs of our students in here everyday with sensory needs, working on physical therapy, cooking,” said Rebecca Souday, life skills teacher at the district. “We work with them so that they can become as independent as they can."

In addition to new classrooms, the wing includes gender neutral bathrooms for students.

The new classrooms are also built to conserve electricity where they are able to with lights and plugs meant to help reduce use.

“One of the really cool things they did is to invest some time and money into being energy efficient,” said teacher Rob Christiansen.

The capital levy provided improvements for all schools in the district.

“There are other improvements across the district that we have been able to construct with the capital levy funds including secured entryways … making a safer workplace and a safer place for our students,” said Brian Lewis, executive director of operations with the school district.

The full tour is available on the school district’s Facebook page at facebook.com/arlingtonsd.

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