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Scottsbluff High School officials outline future rebuilding project

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Scottsbluff High School officials say they are more than ready to take on the big homework assignment of rebuilding and remodeling the current facility.
 
Thursday night, teachers and staff members spoke about the needs of the 52-year-old building to the public. 

Assistant Principal Justin Shaddick says safety and education are top priorities. He says from a safety perspective the building lacks a fire sprinkler system and needs more handicapped-accessible bathrooms. Shaddick also mentioned that there are about 30 entries into the building that pose additional safety risks.

Baker and Associates representatives say the building needs complete remodeling within the classroom wing. School officials are looking to revamp classrooms and add a video recording room, photography room, science and health labs.
 
Shaddick says the rebuilding project is not something to complain about but officials want to make the community aware of the current issues.

He says the school is on an ambitious track of implementing a prove, yet innovative career-academic structure that will enhance the value of the students' diploma.
 
"In the idea of rebuilding, we're changing the concept, we're changing the idea so we're not going back and replacing exactly what we have. We're taking what we see as needs from the community and from education and we're building a new facility to meet 21st century education needs," said Shaddick.

The assistant school principal says he encourages members in the community to invest on the front-end and to not be too concerned with how tax dollars for the rebuilding may be spent. He says it can cost more to upkeep jail systems than to support education purposes.

"Do a little bit of digging on what it costs tax wise for a student that doesn't graduate high school or a student that is not employed after graduation," Shaddick explained.

Phase one of the rebuilding project is expected to begin next year with a sewer system update.
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