BILLINGS – A groundbreaking celebration was held Friday for Lockwood staff and students at the new high school.
At 2 p.m., a ceremony was held to launch the new high school construction.
“It’s been a push in this community for a long long time and we just finally hit a critical mass and we were able to get some things done. Now we’re excited to have a high school opening up here in the next two years,” Superintendent Tobin Novasio said.
Novasio said it’s going to be a comprehensive high school with a robust curriculum.
The new high school is set to be completed with updated security, a large gym, an auditorium that will seat up to 700 people and spaces for career and tech education.
Novasio said academically it will create more opportunities and raise graduation numbers.
“All the research on dropouts talks about the more stuff kids are involved in the less likely they are to drop out, so that’s what this is all really about, but it’s also about giving the community a rallying point of pride.”
Students at Lockwood High School will start at a special freshman academy, although the school isn’t set to be finished until fall of 2020.
Novasio believes they will have enough freshmen to start a major sports programs, such as football and basketball.