As the West Valley continues to expand and develop, the Agua Fria High School District recently broke ground on its fifth high school near the White Tank Mountains. The future school will be at West Bethany Home and Perryville roads in Waddell. The new school is the first new high school being built in the west valley in more than a decade. The district’s last school to open was Verrado High School in 2006. The new school will be welcomed as the Agua Fria District currently serves 8,000 highs school students and will help ease overcrowding issues.
Check out the cool video of the new high school on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcbZsBReRgo
The 237,000-square foot facility will eventually house 1,600 students and will be an innovative campus with an anticipated opening date of August 2018. Officials expect the school to open with only a freshman class unless the district is overwhelmed with enrollment in the next year.
The campus will cost about $73 million total to build, which includes land, permits, furniture, equipment and fixtures. To help fund the school, the district was awarded $33.4 million from the Arizona School Facilities Board last year. The rest will be paid out of a $70 million bond approved by voters in November 2015. The district is waiting on permits from Maricopa County before it can start building. Plans also call for improvements to the two egress roads, Perryville and Bethany Home and those studies have already been performed.
For more information, be sure to follow the progress and updates at the Agua Fria High School District website – http://www.aguafria.org/domain/1178