Two new schools set to open in Henrico

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A pair of brand new schools get straight A's from Henrico school leaders, who toured the buildings for the first time today. The schools are almost ready for students who begin classes the day after Labor Day.

At the shiny Glen Allen High School, the paint is fresh, and technology still waits to be unwrapped. Even the library is no longer all about books. Students will use technology that's both classic and cutting edge.

"The jobs that they ultimately take are probably not even thought of yet. And that means you have to create creative thinkers," said school board member Linda McBride.

By the numbers, the building is 255,000 square feet, with a mile's worth of hallways. There's a 1200 seat auditorium, and three indoor basketball courts...custom painted, all for the Jaguars.

But it's not the only new digs this Fall.

Holman Middle School, located just a few miles away, is also nearing completion. The building is 120,000 square feet; explored for the first time by smiling school leaders.

The new schools were built to relieve the problem of overcrowding. For teachers like Sara Nenni, the only problem now is where to put all of her stuff.

"It is so exciting being in this new facility, everything is wonderful and it's all brand new," she said.

The high school will hold only 9th and 10th graders this year. More students will be phased in over the next two years, because the district did not want to take Juniors and Seniors away from their current schools elsewhere in the county. The schools were built for a combined cost of just under $100 million.

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