Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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January 2, 2013

Boyd students head back to school in $42 million state-of-the-art facility

CANNONSBURG — Boyd County School Superintendent Howard K. Osborne says the staff at the new Boyd County High School has everything in place to welcome students to the first day of classes today.

“A whole lot of people spent a whole lot of time getting the place ready,” Osborne said Friday, citing the efforts of Principal Rhonda Salisbury and her staff, as well as members of the food service staff, the technical staff and Tim Black and members of the school’s maintenence staff who spent time at the school during the holiday break preparing for the first day and beyond.

“We’re ready to go,” Osborne said. “We’ll all be out there, the central office staff and staff at the school, to make sure everything goes well.”

While 920 students will be at the new school during the first days of operations, Osborne said enrollment is expected to increase in coming years and the new facility was designed to accommodate the anticipated increases.

“The whole school was designed to meet our needs for the next 50 years,” Osborne said, with a hint of pride in his voice as he discussed the high school’s lab spaces as equivalent to those at many universities, as well as a first-class theatre facility “for the first time ever.”

The superintendent said staff members have been in contact with each of the school’s students as well as their parents, and believes everyone involved knows where to go and when to be there.

The new Boyd County High School is a state-of-the-art, 124,000 square-foot, $42 million facility. The high school is designed on an “academy” concept, which will allow students to follow a designated career path, Osborne said, adding that students also will be able to take up 70 hours of tuition-free college courses through Morehead State University. Due to the academy concept design, the new school has an entire wing devoted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. There’s also a freshman academy, Osborne noted, located in classrooms near the office complex, making it more secure for first-year students.

Osborne said the new school’s science labs would be “the envy of the state of Kentucky.” Other features of the new high school include a state-of-the-art kitchen to house the culinary program and a 450-seat auditorium with a theater-style marquee. Osborne announced the latter would be dubbed the Boyd County High School Alumni Performing Arts Center.

The new school is located on a hillside overlooking Ky. 180, on the opposite side of the road from the facility it replaces, which opened in 1957.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at

tpreston@dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2651.

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