Manila High School opened with ribbon cutting
Manila's Lion pride was evident Thursday evening, Aug. 9, as students, former students and school patrons toured the new high school facility. The 124,136 square foot high school was opened to the public with a ribbon cutting followed by open house.
A large crowd gathered to join in the ceremony and tour the new facility.
Superintendent Jason Evers welcomed everyone thanking the citizens of Manila, city officials, Manila School Board members, Nabholtz Construction, Cromwell Architects and the Manila School District staff for all their hard work and support in the project.
“On behalf of the Manila School community, please accept our greatest appreciation for your support of the new high school,” Evers said. “We hope you will visit often to see how Manila School continues to come to life through the students' experiences.”
Following the ribbon cutting, guests had the opportunity to view the well equipped, with lights and sound, auditorium. High School Principal and Assistant Superintendent John Parrish addressed the crowd and expressed his excitement about the new school year. He said Manila High School students are very fortunate to have such a wonderful facility. He introduced the new teachers and staff members.
Construction of the new building from the ground up could be viewed on the large screen on stage in the new auditorium with a seating capacity of 750.
Visitors were encouraged to tour the new building consisting of classrooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, library, computer labs, vo-educational departments, library and offices.
Student council representatives were available to give directions. Refreshments were served in the cafeteria.
Without the vote of the school patrons, the new facility would not have become a reality. The school board proposed a millage increase of 4.7 mills which was approved in September 2015. The $20 million building is being paid for by a partnership grant and the millage.
The new high school is equipped with the latest technology and equipment and will serve the community for many years to come.