MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- With the snip of a ribbon, Manhattan school district officials unveiled a newly expanded and revamped high school Thursday.
A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was held at the West campus Thursday night.
The $42 million project added 80,000 square feet to the school. Extensive renovations were done to the existing structure.
"Essentially we took the school completely apart, back to the studs, section by section and built it back up and now it’s almost a completely new high school. We essentially a new high school on the bones of the old school," said Pete Paukstelis, member of the USD 383 Board Of Education.
"We’ve added a whole set of new dynamic science classrooms. We’ve created spaces for kids that we feel really respects them as young adults, brand new cafeteria, brand new courtyards for kids to sit in, brand new library, the gymnasiums have been touched with new floors and new bleachers, it’s technologically equipped, it’s all wireless for students. Students can bring their own devices to school now," explained MHS principal Terry McCarty.
The construction at Manhattan High School is part of a $97.5 million bond package voters approved in the fall of 2008- money that’s being used to make improvements at schools across the Manhattan, Ogden school district.
"That allowed the school board to go ahead and move forward with projects in all of our schools, expanding our capacity and updating essentially all of the aspects of the school," Paukstelis told WIBW.
McCarty says students and staff are lucky to have the support of a community that values education. Through the addition and expansion, he says every aspect of the high school as been touched.
The community has not just endorsed education but higher education and our students respond to that. Our students have achieved and performed very well not just at the state level but at the national level. We really feel now that we have a building that enhances that. It creates a whole different aspect of pride that our students have felt, they've bought into, they've supported, they've been behind and they've been involved in the entire process. So they feel a part of this school just as much and they feel like it's been a huge investment into them and their education and we really look forward to them taking their achievements to a higher level," he added.