New $13 million high school to be finished at Craig in August

Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2000

CRAIG (AP) -- The Craig School District is preparing to move into its new $13 million high school after a decade of coping with overcrowding.

The new facility is slated to open in August and includes a university-level science lab, computer classrooms, a 230-seat auditorium and a 3,200-square-foot commons area, said Craig School District Facilities Director Jerry Carter.

The building is 45,400 square feet, but the district will be able to occupy only a portion of that, Craig Superintendent Darrell Johnson said.

A new school that would serve this Prince of Wales Island community has been in the planning since the early 1990s when the district began experiencing a rapid growth in enrollment, Johnson said.

Modular buildings were set up to handle the lack of classroom space until the new facility could be built, he said.

Craig's schools were so crowded at one point that the district's cafeteria was converted into a classroom, officials said.

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