Ozark, AL - The new high school in Ozark is starting to take shape.
Just a few months into construction and community members are getting their first glimpse of the new Carroll High School.
“If we can get them to see the construction and get energized, then the kids will be energized and the community will be energized and the project will have a little bit more value,” says Stan Godwin of Godwin and Jones Architecture and Interior Design.
Sophia Buchanan is a school board member and her two children attend Ozark City Schools. She says this tour was exactly what the community needed.
“Of course I’ve been in on the planning. I’ve seen the plans laid out on the table, but to actually walk through I think it’s going to be wonderful for our children here in Ozark and for our community,” says Buchanan.
When you travel to the second floor of Carroll High School there are classrooms and a media center, and it all overlooks the school’s courtyard. But in the case of inclement weather, there are three safe areas students can go to be protected.
“The kids would never be more than about 2.5 to 3 minutes from a safe zone. A safe zone means the walls, the ceilings, and the floor can handle the wind load from a storm, a tornado, and even a hurricane that might come up from the coast. It’s the most secure place to be in town,” says Godwin.
Not only will the school be safe, it has been designed to feel like a hangout for students. Leaders say this combined with different career academies will equal success for students.
Ozark City Schools superintendent Michael Lenhart says, “This is going to change the nature in the way we engage our students. To do that will make a huge difference in the way we prepare them for life. That’s what I’m most excited about.”
Leaders plan to continue these tours as long as construction stays on schedule. It is set to complete by the spring of 2013.