DECATUR—After six years the the Decatur Public School District can put to rest their reclamation project for both public high schools.
On Thursday the district cut the ribbon at MacArthur, officially opening the entire school for the first time in 18 months.
“This is a great day for our student body and our community,” School Board President Brian Hodges said. “When this discussion first began I was working for the district in an administrative position and I can’t believe it was that long ago but our vision is finally complete.”
MacArthur was the second of the two schools, the other being Eisenhower, to undergo a massive renovation that saw the entire school nearly gutted before being rebuilt. Some of the updates include an updated technology infrastructure, a new gymnasium, geothermal systems throughout, a new library, and a new eating area.
“I think people are really going to have to take a step back when they walk in here for the first time and see what we have done to the place,” Superintendent Lisa Taylor said. “I think the new school will prove to be a moral booster for the kids, we have seen something similar happen at Eisenhower since we opened last year, and it will give the students something to be proud of and call their own. We also finished in time to allow the graduating seniors to enjoy the building for a couple of months.”
MacArthur Senior ShawnTrez Spates is one of those seniors, saying walking through the building for the first time, it felt like home, “I was raised in this area, I started as a freshman in this building and I’m just really happy that I will be able to finish my career as a student here. It just feels like home.”
A photo gallery from the ribbon cutting can be found here.