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New Willard Alternative High School breaks ground

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MISSOULA -- Willard Alternative High School broke ground at the site of their new school on Monday.

School officials, construction and design staff and students shoveled dirt to celebrate the kick off to the construction of the new $5.3 million project.

The new school will be slightly larger than the current building, expanding from 24,000-square feet to 27,000-square feet. 

Willard principal Kevin Ritchlin says the new structure and classrooms will bring education at Willard “into the 21st Century.” with new science labs and ‘makers’ spaces’ that will allow for new opportunities for students to learn.

Students say they appreciate how the upgrades will also reflect the things that make this alternative school unique. They have been giving input into how the new school’s design.

“I am looking forward to, there are just going to be some more improvement such as technology, better programs for that. It will be more unique, such as 2017, it will be more up to date, just the building itself will look more modern,” said senior Maddie Braun.  

The current school will be torn down after the new building is complete. Ritchlin said they hope to have students in the new building in August of the 2018-2019 school year.

The project is just one part of the Smart Schools 2020 projects that cover 17 Missoula County Public schools that will be updated or completely redone.

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