Construction nearly complete on Auburn's new multi-million-dollar high school

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Construction is nearing completion on Auburn's brand new multi-million-dollar high school.

On April 20, the keys to the building will be turned over to Auburn school administrators.

The move-in process will begin over the summer and the first class at the new Auburn High School will be welcomed this fall.

Auburn's $71.6 million high school is a 350, 000 square foot facility.

"We will make the move at our other three campuses the secondary campuses so Drake Middle School will be sixth grade only, the newly named East Samford School currently known as Auburn Junior High will be seventh grade only, the current high school will become the new Auburn Junior High eighth and ninth grade and this will be the new Auburn High School, tenth, eleventh and twelfth," explained Daniel Chesser with Auburn City Schools.

The school can hold 2,200 students and is expected to greatly ease overcrowding issues.

The parking lot has 1,100 spaces, each classroom has Wi-Fi access, and school officials say one of their two gyms is the safest room in Lee County if bad weather strikes.

"We have two competitive gyms, one of the gyms is a safe room with reinforced concrete and when it's done will be the safe place in the county," Chesser said.

Construction began in October 2015 and is on time, as well as on budget.

A large open house is being planned for May when the entire community can come out and get a first look inside the new high school.

The new high school is being funded through a 'Special Five-Mill Tax'', approved by the Auburn City Council.

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