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Lamesa High School completes new renovations for students, faculty and staff

Renovations outside of Lamesa High School (source: KCBD) Renovations outside of Lamesa High School (source: KCBD)
New computer lab at Lamesa High School (source: KCBD) New computer lab at Lamesa High School (source: KCBD)
New cafeteria and event space at Lamesa High School (source: KCBD) New cafeteria and event space at Lamesa High School (source: KCBD)
New cafeteria (source: KCBD) New cafeteria (source: KCBD)
LAMESA, TX (KCBD) -

For Lamesa High School, this week means more than just the beginning of a new school year.

After close to three years of construction and around $7 million of renovations, Lamesa High school is starting this year off with a new look.

There are improvements inside and outside, including new classrooms, administrative offices and a state of the art cafeteria.

And the new cafeteria isn't just for students.

The space will be used for events like senior prom but also for anyone in the community to host events.

Lucky Olivas is ready to take on her senior year at Lamesa High School.

"These are my memories that I'm going to cherish for the rest of my life," Olivas said.

And just like her name, she feels "lucky" to be a senior this year.

"We get to have our senior prom in this brand new cafeteria," she said.

"Everybody is really raving about how nice the facility is," Lamesa ISD Superintendent Jim Knight said.

Lucky has been there through the entire transformation, including all the time spent dodging the work zones.

"It definitely was a challenge. I'm not going to say it wasn't," Olivas said. "You're sitting in class and you hear beating on walls and you're just like ok wait a minute what is all of this."

Now that these halls are free from caution tape and plastic draping, Lucky and her classmates are in a cutting-edge learning environment.

"The whole high school has basically gotten a facelift. From classrooms to desks, to walls to all the instructional materials inside, like the white boards," Knight said.

And with all good things, it takes time, and patience.

"Now we have a beautiful school and we're all so thankful for it. So it was worth it," Olivas said.

Though the old places will always hold special memories for the senior class.

"This cafeteria will always kind of be engraved in the back of our minds just because so many events have been held in here," Olivas said.

Lucky says she is thrilled for the new improvements, something that makes her even more proud to be a Golden Tornado.

"When we just saw it, it was like the final product of listening to all the workers, and all the construction and you know having to walk around. I mean it was definitely worth the wait," she said.

While this major project is complete, superintendent Knight says they are still looking towards possible future renovations including the band hall and science labs in the next couple of years.

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