New New­ton High hosts open house

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

The New­ton County com­mu­nity will have the op­por­tu­nity to tour the new New­ton High School at a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony this week­end.

The New­ton County School Sys­tem will host an open house for the pub­lic start­ing at 3 p.m. this Sun­day, Aug. 25, at the new high school lo­cated at 1 Ram Way. A re­cep­tion and tour will fol­low the cer­e­mony.

The new New­ton High, lo­cated be­tween Jack Neely Road and Crow­ell Road, sits on 117.7 acres and in­cludes a 500-plus-seat au­di­to­rium; an open com­mons area en­trance; a gym that can ac­com­mo­date 2,500 spec­ta­tors; a prac­tice gym; science labs; and band and cho­rus class­rooms that are con­nected with re­hearsal ar­eas. It also has an ROTC wing that in­cludes of­fice space, class­rooms and a ri­fle range; en­gi­neer­ing labs with a cov­ered ex­te­rior work­room; and agri­cul­tural and art class­rooms.

The two-story high school build­ing can hold up to 2,500 stu­dents and en­com­passes more than 380,000

square feet, ac­cord­ing to ar­chi­tec­tural de­signs from Cunningham, Fore­hand, Matthews & Moore Ar­chi­tects in At­lanta. It was con­structed by McK- night Con­struc­tion Co. in Au­gusta for $42.6 mil­lion.

Class­rooms have ViewPath tech­nol­ogy, an in­te­grated au­dio-video so­lu­tion that in­cludes class­room cam­eras and silent alarms, which was pi­loted at the old NHS last year to en­hance school se­cu­rity.

The cost of the new ViewPath sys­tem, ap­proved for pur­chase at a Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing in March, was $513,002.

Con­struc­tion on the new high school be­gan in 2011. The new New­ton High opened just in time for the 2013-14 aca­demic year.

A spe­cial sec­tion on New­ton High School, old and new, is in­side to­day’s The Cov­ing­ton News.

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