FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD)- The Fort Worth Independent School District is celebrating the addition of new learning space at one of the district's oldest schools. Arlington Heights High School first opened in 1896 but has been at its current location near I-30 and Hulen since 1937.
"Every space south of the original three story building has been or will be renovated," says Principal Sarah Weeks.
The project was funded through the 2017 bond and is expected to cost $51.2 million. The project added a 47,000 foot science building and 7,250 square feet of space for agricultural sciences.
"Our labs and agriculture areas have already been put to good use," Weeks says.
The renovation included space for Career and Technical Education, fine arts, JROTC and special education.
"This renovation project has resulted in the modernization of a campus where we make the old new again, both aesthetically and for learning," says Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner.
School Board Trustee CJ Evans says the project also added more "collaborative" space. A two story library was added where students can work together on group projects.
"As you walk through, you'll see our hallways have new spaces for collaborative gathering. The new furniture throughout the building also makes it more inviting," she says.
A courtyard was also redesigned to give students another place to gather, with Evans describing the work as providing "an enhanced high school experience."
"Our collaboration spaces are inviting, and the technology and tools in the classroom can help them plan for tomorrow," Evans says.
Fort Worth ISD says crews have installed new heating, air conditioning and lighting that will be more energy efficient. Evans says the renovation also included a new "secured" entryway.
Construction on a greenhouse for the agricultural science department is expected to be complete by the end of this year.