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The New Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School

Updated: Friday, August 15 2014, 09:49 AM CDT
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA --

Mikayla Morfey, high school senior says "I’m really excited. I always love meeting new people and having new experiences and I think it will be really nice because our teams will be bigger, we'll have new experience with our classes".


The new Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond high school will now have nearly 300 students. For the past year, school district leaders have planned what they believe is a healthy transition.


Buck Condill, Principal says "we formed a team, representatives from each school in each community to go through the logistics, the planning on how to best incorporate the course offerings, the teachers, the students, the athletics".


More course options and extra-curricular activities is what students are really looking forward to.


Mary Huffman, a sophomore says "I know they're having a sociology class. I’m excited about that. I won’t be able to take it yet but I will later. They're having marching band this year. I’m apart of that and I’m really excited about that".


Not everyone is happy about the change. Atwood's former building is being torn down and the land sold. Donna Warner's husband and children graduated from Atwood. She's visited the site since demolition began.


"I keep coming back because it just is a sad moment and I want to see every bit that I can and I got a few bricks to save for my kids and stuff," Warner says.


Nonetheless students and administrators are looking forward to what they expect to be a successful year.


"I think it's gonna be a great year. We're all pretty excited to be a part of something new and everything is for the kids so we're ready to go," Condill says.


Students in kindergarten through eighth grade from Atwood and Hammond will still go to the elementary school located in Atwood.


Demolition of atwood began this past Monday. It should be complete by the end of the week. The first day of class for students is August 29th.

The New Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School


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