"New" High School

Complete with six new classrooms, two science labs, a teacher's lounge and restrooms, contractors say the new high school at Clarkdale is state-of-the-art.

"When it comes to equipment in the labs, I think you would find similar equipment at the community college level," said Brad Carter, project engineer.

Located at the back of the campus, upgrades have also been made outside to accommodate the new building. School officials say thanks to county supervisors, four inches of gravel has been placed behind the building for parking and the unloading of buses.

"Ultimately, we would like to have it paved, but we know the money is just not there," said Jan Miller, principal.

In terms of upgrades, school officials say the new high school is just the first phase. In the future there is also a proposal to add more classrooms, a new library, a roadway to loop around the campus and sitting areas throughout the campus. School officials say they plan to use money from the sale of timber on 16th section land to pay for the projects.

"We expect the timber to accumulate anywhere from $800,000 to $1 million a year. That's what's funding this project right now," said Superintendent David Little, Lauderdale County School District.

If all goes well, school officials say the next phase of the project will be the construction of a new band hall and vocational center, which they hope to start within the next three years.

Meanwhile, they say it will take anywhere from 10 to 12 years to complete the entire project.