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New high school ready for students for 2023-24 school year

Alamance-Burlington school board members got a sneak peek Wednesday morning at the county’s newest high school, Southeast High School, which is nearing completion along South N.C. Highway 119.

Southeast High School is located at 3368 South N.C. Highway 119, near the Honda Power in Swepsonville. The $67 million new high school is being funded by the $150 million bond package that voters approved for ABSS in November 2018.

Contractors were busy Wednesday morning working on an array of last-minute “punch list” items.

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A LOOK AT SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL

Pictured during a tour of the new Southeast High School Wednesday morning are, from far left: school board members Dr. Charles Parker and Donna Westbrooks; architect Ashley Dennis and Stephen Clark, the construction administrator, of Moseley Architects; and (at far end) Bob Crosky, the general superintendent for Samet Corporation.
Brandon Anderson, who is the project manager for Samet overseeing the construction of Southeast High School, is pictured inside the Consumer and Family Sciences classroom.
Above and below: The auditorium at Southeast High School is outfitted with state-of-the-art audio and video equipment and seating for up to 684 people.

The cafeteria at Southeast High School is pictured, looking down from the second floor, Wednesday as the construction of the new high school nears completion.
The aerial photos (above and below) show Southeast High School’s football stadium, which has seating capacity for up to 1,250 spectators and the surrounding track. Striping for the athletic fields is scheduled to begin next week, according to ABSS officials. Below is the baseball field, deep behind the school.

 

One side of the weight room inside Southeast High School is pictured. Supt. Dr. Dain Butler is in the background.
A worker drills holes in the gym floor at Southeast High School Wednesday morning in order to secure poles for the volleyball net.
The entrance into the new high school (above) and an overall look at the campus (below).


The county’s planning and inspections department issued a final Certificate of Occupancy (CO) for Southeast High School two weeks ago, Bob Crosky, who is the general superintendent for the contractor, Samet Corporation, confirmed Wednesday for The Alamance News.

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Some teachers will be moving into Southeast High School on Monday, July 31, in order to get their classrooms ready for summer school classes that begin Tuesday morning, ABSS officials explained this week.

The two-story high school has four classroom wings (two upstairs, two downstairs) and a total of nine science labs, said Ashley Dennis, a Williams High School alum and an architect with Moseley Architects in Raleigh who designed Southeast High School.

The auditorium has a seating capacity for up to 684 people, Samet assistant project manager Kassidy Barrans confirmed for the newspaper.

Southeast High School is scheduled to open for the 2023-24 school year on August 28 with an estimated enrollment of about 800 students, ABSS superintendent Dr. Dain Butler told the newspaper.

The new high school was designed for a capacity of between 1,250 and 1,500 students.

The second floor houses guidance offices, two classroom wings, restrooms, and several science labs, as well as a commons area where students can mingle. ABSS officials also noted during the tour that the commons area is also equipped with a whiteboard and an internet-connected display that can be used for small group instruction.

The ground floor houses an administrative office area, two classroom wings, science labs, dance studio, arts classroom, family and consumer sciences classroom, auditorium, a weight room, cafeteria, gym, and an auxiliary gym, along with other features.

Though it was still in the preliminary planning stages during his earlier tenure with ABSS, Southeast High School will be the third school that Butler has opened as a superintendent. As superintendent of the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District in Halifax County, he opened a new elementary school and an early college, Butler told the newspaper.

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