LOCKNEY, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 has a first look at plans for a new Lockney High School. A Lockney teen set fire to the school back on January 11th. She pleaded guilty and is serving a four year sentence at a Texas Youth Commission facility.
Wednesday, demolition crews continued to tear down the gutted building to make way for a new and improved high school. Students and faculty alike say it's hard to see their school go, but now they're looking forward to see what will be built in its place.
Walls have already come down, and crews continue to scoop out the chard pieces from inside the building. School leaders say clean-up is phase one. Phase two is getting the science department and library back in order. That's part of the building they were able to salvage, and Principal Todd Hallmark tells NewsChannel 11 they hope students will be able to use both facilities this school year.
Phase three is new construction, which Hallmark hopes could be completed by December of 2010. "We have the opportunity now to do some things maybe we weren't going to be able to in the old building; you talk about 21st century and updating to meet the needs of students for the future," Hallmark said.
The new school will be a little larger than the previous building. It will feature a lecture hall and other facilities the former school did not have.
As far as clean-up goes, crews have to haul remnants to two different landfills, one in Plainview and the other in Canyon, but students could sell some of the bricks as a class project. The school year starts August 24th in the portables across from the old high school, so students will see all the work going on.
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