LEWISBURG -- Right now, Lewisburg area students in 9 through 12 grades attend class at the high school on Market Street. But about three months from now, if all goes according to schedule, this school will close, and this will be the new Lewisburg Area High School. Superintendent Mark DiRocco took Newswatch 16 on a tour of the new school, just outside the borough.
Superintendent Mark DiRocco took Newswatch 16 on a tour of the new school, just outside the borough.
"All the rooms, especially the science rooms, the music rooms and the art rooms are appropriately sized. Those rooms are very under-sized right now in our current building," Superintendent Mark DiRocco said.
The project to build a new high school has been in the works for about six years.
"It's been a lot of planning, a lot of work and a lot of communication with our stakeholders, but we're finally down to the last three months before we open the doors," DiRocco said.
The high school project cost Lewisburg area close to $36 million. DiRocco says the district did not have to raise taxes to fund the school. Donations covered some of the cost, including for parts of the auditorium.
"It's such a great opportunity for this area and I'm excited to be right in the middle of it," Jennifer Holthus said.
Jennifer Holthus has a son in eighth grade. He looks forward to going to school in the new building next year.
"I mean, who wouldn't be excited to be one of the first full classes for four years going into a new high school? It's going to be a beautiful facility on beautiful grounds," Holthus said.
One thing that is ready for students is the new soccer field. In fact, the high school boys' team will have their home opener here next week.
There are three athletic fields at the new school. Two grass fields and the soccer field, which has turf. Both the boys' and girls' teams are scheduled to play here next weekend.
"We're going to have a little opening ceremony between the two games, we're going to have a little fun with it," DiRocco said.
Classes are scheduled to start inside the new Lewisburg Area High School on December fifth. The move will take place over Thanksgiving break.