Jonesboro school is expanding

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-A Region 8 school is celebrating the beginning of it's future expansion.

Jonesboro Valley View faculty, students and city officials gathered together Tuesday morning for a ground breaking ceremony on the site of the school's future high school.

"This project has been a long time coming, " says Superintendent Radius Baker. "We tried to make sure that we had the right facility, the right money to build this facility. We cut down a little on it from the original plan, but we've been working on it for the last several years."

Baker says the student population has been growing in leaps and bounds.

"We've grown about one hundred and forty students, this year, already. And with the growth, the last two years we grew about seventy students. The years before that we grew over one hundred. So, we've continued to grow and this is needed to give us more space for our students and for our new classes that we're having to add. It's a much needed facility. It's not something that we want to do, it's something that we have to do."

Baker says they began working on plans for a new high school when they completed construction of the new elementary school three years ago.

English teacher Melanie Leonard is beginning her seventeenth year at Valley View.

"I think all the teachers are extremely excited about a new high school," Leonard commented. "We're excited about all the possibilities and what all our students will be able to enjoy."

Leonard says she's been noticing the extra space in her classroom getting smaller and smaller with each year!

"We grown expediently each year, and because of this growth we need more space. And this is just the perfect solution to that. We're just all so excited to see it happening."

The new high school will contain over thirty-two classrooms, a gymnasium and even a fine arts practice room.

For more information about the Valley View School District, log onto their website.

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