The Henry County school system broke ground on the $35.9 million facility last week, beginning the process which will eventually move students from Hampton middle and elementary schools, as well as Rocky Creek Elementary, Henry County Schools Media Specialist J.D. Hardin said.
“There could be other minor changes, but these schools are the schools that will feed the new high school,” he said. Minor redistricting may occur, Hardin added, but it won’t be known until the school moves closer toward opening.
Initial student population when the schools opens for the 2014-15 school year will be approximately 750 for grades nine through 11. In the 2015-16 school year, Hardin estimated the population will increase to 1,000 students.
Hardin said while overall student population has seen a slight decrease during the last year, “the student population at the feeder schools and Luella High School continues to support the need for Hampton High School.”
As far as staffing the new school, some employees from existing Henry County schools will be moved to the new high school, as well as new hires.
Hardin said the facility will look similar to existing schools within the system.
“The school will be like most of the other high schools built in the past decade,” he said. “There will be a few tweaks here and there as garnered from lessons learned with past builds.”
It will have 48 regular classrooms, five special education classrooms, 10 science labs, and art, band, choral, strings, drama, and media center classrooms.
Labs will be included for CTAE Career Pathway Classes, including business, engineering drawing and design, broadcast video production, engineering and technology, information technology, family and consumer science, early childhood education, healthcare service, agriculture and public safety.
The school will have a gymnasium and a baseball field. Hampton High School will also have new home side bleachers, a running track and tennis courts that will all be shared with Hampton Middle School.
The expected completion date is June 1, 2014 and it will be located at 795 Hampton-Locust Grove Road.
The architect is Manley Spangler Smith and the contractor is MEJA Construction.