The new Winslow High School’s main entrance.
“We have reached a substantial mark in the construction of the new high school. Recently, the School Facilities Project finished and turned the rest of the construction into the District’s hands. We have a few minor evaluations still to be made by our architects to make the rest of the project’s success acceptable,” said Dr. David Black, former Superintendent of Winslow Unified School District who, still has an active role in the construction process of the new high school.
“Most of the construction is complete except for the Sudent Union Building that is scheduled for completion in early April, as long as the weather permits,” said current WUSD Superintendent Robert Mansell.
The main building at the new high school features an open forum as one enters, 27 large classrooms with plenty of cabinet and storage areas, dry-erase boards and digital-controlled clocks and intercoms.
Also in the main building is an extra large special education classroom complete with a washer and dryer and cooking stove, as well as a restroom. Down the hall from that room is an impressive art room, which again features an oversized classroom, storage closet and cabinets and a kiln room.
The Performing Arts Building has a state-of-the-art auditorium that will seat 650 people and features a wheelchair lift to the stage. The auditorium is complete with a state-of-the-art control room with digital sound.
Also in the Performing Arts building are the choir and band rooms, which are completely sound proof. The library is also located in the same building. The library is an oversized room, which was made possible by the District voter-approved B-Bond. The passage of this bond allowed for the library size to be increased.
The Student Union Building, which is still under construction, was previously the District’s bus barn, but due to the B-Bond will soon be a building that will house seven classrooms and a cafeteria. The building will also be available for other school and community events.
Dr. Black said they had hoped to have the project completed sooner, but they really concentrated on taking it slow to ensure everything went well.