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Touring the newly renovated Opelika High School

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OPELIKA, Ala. -  School is back in session for most students in the Chattahoochee Valley this week.

And when Opelika High School starts back on Thursday, teachers and students may feel like they're walking through the halls of a whole new school.

That's because renovations to the school wrapped up this summer.

There will be a little bit of a learning curve as school starts at Opelika High School this week. Students have to learn where to go and how to get there.

After two years and 40 million dollars, renovations are complete at Opelika High, a school that now has two floors.

 “This building was built in phases. So, we were able to section off parts of the building at times and not use a portion of it and utilized portions of the remaining building or trailers out front for the last two years,” said Opelika High Principal Dr. Farrell Seymour.

Like the original building, they still have Main Street. That's the main hallway that connects to the school's entrance. From there you can find the main office and the guidance counselor.

Many of the classrooms were designed for specific career instruction such as nursing, visual art, science, technology, engineering, and more.  Dr. Seymour says it's a boost to have all of the students together.

“We are excited number one to get everyone under one roof here. For the last two years, we have been under construction and parceled out to different areas of campus. While that has presented many challenges, it was a great experience. Having the unity of everyone under one spot, under one roof cannot be understated,” said Dr. Seymour.

With all of those benefits comes the pride and novelty of being a part of something brand new.

“We have already seen a great boost in school pride. Establishing a new tradition with a new facility, it's a great day for Opelika High School,” Dr. Seymour said.

Even with all the added space, Dr. Seymour says students will still have only four minutes to change classes. He says there is plenty of time to get from point A to point B at any part of Opelika High School.

If you want to check out the new school, they are having an open house Sunday August 10th from 2-4 central time.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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