As students at Stillwater Area High School return to class this week, they’re being greeted by improvements and additions made to the school building as a result of the voter-approved 2015 Long-Range Facilities Bond. Some spaces, such as the science labs, cafeteria and music spaces were remodeled or expanded. Other facilities are part of an addition to the building, including gyms and health classrooms in the Pony Activity Center and academic spaces to accommodate the incoming freshman class.
Prior to the high school expansion, the building was set up with a main hallway and smaller halls extending from the main hallway like spokes on a wheel. Communication manager Carissa Keister explained that the new freshman addition creates a main outer hallway that connects the smaller hallways in the rear of the school and creates inner courtyards between the “spokes” of the wheel. This new hallway will improve the flow of students between class periods, Keister said.
The new addition also includes a new fourth “Pony Center,” and will house counselors and support staff for one-fourth of the students. The freshman and sophomore classes, both new to the high school this year, startrf school with a special orientation day Monday, Aug. 28. Juniors and seniors return to school Tuesday, Aug. 29.