JOHNSTON, Iowa--The growing population in Johnston is starting to catch up in the classroom.
Johnston High School is currently at capacity with 1,500 students.
Construction on a new high school, at NW 62nd and 100th Streets in Johnston, began last year.
Ten years ago school officials started noticing the growth in the community and knew eventually they would need a plan to handle the increase in students.
“They had a few different options on how to handle the growth but in the end the option to build a new high school and re-purpose the rest of the buildings was the best idea and the most cost efficient,” says Laura Sprague with the Johnston Community School District.
Sprague says the new building will house 10th through 12th graders and the current high school will become the new 8th and 9th grade building.
“It`s a great problem to be growing and need more room for your students.”
The new high school will have three wings that can separate each grade or core content areas.
It will also include a 1,200 seat auditorium and a large gym complete with a full indoor running track.
“This investment speaks to how the Johnston community feels about that growth and their support of the schools, this will be a building we can use for many years,” says Sprague.
The new high school will cost $81 million dollars, $41 million dollars was approved through a bond referendum in 2013.
Construction is on schedule and should be complete in the Spring of 2017.