Parents and community members welcomed an opportunity to view and comment on preliminary architectural drawings showing plans for a $21.7 million expansion to Hillcrest High School. Architect Jeff Miller shared his plans and answered questions about the expansion plans at a community meeting in August.
Initial plans call for a construction of a new competition gym, a 29-classroom addition and upgrades to science labs, the cafeteria and kitchen, additional parking and a number of interior improvements. District 2 Trustee Dustin Marshall said the upgrade will be a real boost to Hillcrest.
“The athletic facility I think is the highlight,” he said. “The gym here has been lacking for some time. A facility that will seat a thousand students in bleachers provides a real atmosphere to enjoy some games. The building is aging and it’s high time for a facelift and some new more functional spaces so I’m excited about what it will mean for the community.
PTA president Debbie Sherrington and other parents and community members are equally excited about the project and are working with Construction Services and the architect to share ideas about the shape of the improvements.