New Andover High is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020
Andover school district officials will break ground Monday on a new Andover High School, the largest project of a bond issue approved last year.
Construction started last week on the new school, which will be just east of the current Andover High. Students will remain at the current high school until the new building is complete.
A ceremonial groundbreaking was scheduled to be held Monday at Andover High.
The new school will include an eight-lane, 15,500-square foot swimming facility that will serve both Andover High and Andover Central High, with seating for 250, said Terry Rombeck, spokesman for Andover schools.
The Andover High gymnasiums, weight room, locker rooms and shops will remain, and the new building will be connected to that portion of the existing building.
Voters last year approved two bond issues that will pump more than $188 million worth of projects into the district, which is just east of Wichita.
The new high school is projected to cost nearly $62 million.
Designed by Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architects, the new school will feature classrooms organized by subject into two-story pods that branch off a central area, which will have multi-use “collaboration spaces.”
The north end of a main corridor ends in an open lecture hall called the “Learning Stair,” an area with tiered seating that will be used for as a teaching space as well as for staff meetings, student groups and guest lectures, Rombeck said.
A 970-seat auditorium at the new Andover High will include an orchestra pit. Part of the bond issue ballot question included launching a middle- and high-school orchestra program.
The new Andover High is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.