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Opening of New Hartselle High School Now Scheduled

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HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Students of Hartselle High School left class Friday not scheduled to return until after spring break. The faces they’ll see when they return will be familiar, but their school building won’t. WHNT NEWS 19 got a peek inside the new Hartselle High School.

Crews were busy, boxes were moving and hands were hard at work.

“It`s exciting, but at the same time, we have to sit around and see what we have to do to get done,” said Hartselle School Superintendent Dr. Mike Reed.

Dr. Reed is counting down the days until 1000 students can fill the halls of a new Hartselle High School.

“It`s a comprehensive high school. It is a modern comprehensive high school,” added Dr. Reed.

The 260,000 square foot building features 88 classrooms, dozens of labs, two gymnasiums and an auditorium.

The school is designed to hold up to 1200 students. Dr. Reed is not concerned about class size right now.

“We got room to grow at Hartselle High School because we are moving into a new facility and restructuring our other grade levels. We will have room to grow in every building in the system,” added Dr. Reed.

Work crews remain inside the school, furniture still needs to be moved and the movers are hustling.

“Oh, we will get it open. There is no question about it. We will be up and ready to go. It is going to be bright and shiny,” added Dr. Reed.

The Hartselle Tigers will make their first roar on Bethel Road April 1, 2013.

The new high school has three storm shelters for students and staff. Each shelter is able to stand-up to 250 mile per hour winds.