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Yorktown unveils new high school (video)

By Sonny Long
Aug. 25, 2013 at 3:25 a.m.
Updated Aug. 26, 2013 at 3:26 a.m.

Yorktown has built a new high school, which will be ready for students  Monday. Classrooms were furnished with new desks and tables as teachers began to decorate their classes with a personal touch.

YORKTOWN SCHOOLS' FACELIFT

A $5.8 million bond approved by school district voters in 2012 is funding the following projects:

• Construction of new high school classroom building - $3.4 million

• Demolition of existing high school classroom building - $100,000

• Construction of new lobby and restrooms for existing auditorium - $700,000

• New central air/heating systems and remodel of elementary school - $950,000

• General remodeling of junior high school - $350,000

• New public restrooms at Wildcat Stadium - $300,000

SOURCE: Yorktown school district

YORKTOWN - David Lynn, the new principal at Yorktown High School, is excited about the upcoming school year.

Not only is Lynn in his first year at the helm of the school, moving over from the Victoria school district during the summer, but he also gets to work in a brand new high school.

"It's a beautiful facility," said the former principal of the Career and Technology Institute and former assistant principal at Howell Middle School in Victoria. "We're blessed to have this beautiful school."

The new school, paid for after after voters approved a $5.8 million bond in May 2012, includes 15 classrooms, a library and office space.

"Each wing is dedicated to a certain subject - all the math classrooms are in one hallway, all the language arts in one hallway," Lynn said.

"All classrooms have overhead projectors built into the ceilings, dry erase boards," Lynn said.

Lynn said he expects first-day enrollment of about 160 students with a freshman class of 43.

"We're getting quite a few transfers from some of the surrounding towns," he said.

The 84-year-old high school's auditorium will survive the construction, and a new gymnasium will be built where the former high school classroom buildings stood.

Demolition of the old high school should start Oct. 1, Lynn said.

The approved bond also included work at the junior high and elementary schools and the football stadium.

English teacher and head volleyball coach Deirdre Alexander was decorating her classroom last week, getting ready for Monday's first day of school.

"I am definitely excited about the new school, and I think our kids are excited, too," said the 12-year veteran of the Yorktown school district.

Katy Rodriguez, who serves as assistant volleyball coach and teaches social studies, has special reason to be excited about the new high school.

"I graduated from here in 2008 and, of course, was in the old building," Rodriguez said. "This is pretty awesome."

Last week, the school district hosted a barbecue to introduce new staff to the community.

"There are so many new staff members - the superintendent is new; there is a new athletic director; about one-third of the staff is new," said Lynn.

"We want to continue that small-town, family environment in the school district.

"The school has community support, and it's one of the highlights of the town."

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