Skyridge High School in Lehi is on track to open for its more than 2,000 students on Aug. 22.
“It’s been an exciting process. I’ve loved it,” Principal Joel Perkins said Tuesday morning.
Perkins is a school-debut veteran, having helped open Orem High School after a major rebuild in 2010, and is familiar with the ebb and flow of construction deadlines.
“We will be ready. The building will be done,” Perkins said. “We won’t have any problems.”
Funded through a 2011 bond by the Alpine School District, the $56 million school will be completed by Aug. 4.
An open house for the school is tentatively planned for Aug. 13, the same day as the first Falcons football game, the “Orange and Grey” intersquad scrimmage.
“We’ll be sending out through the social media when exactly that is going to be,” Perkins said. “We plan on a big open house and plenty of opportunity for people to come explore the building after that.”
On Tuesday, the ambiance was a quiet emptiness, with administration poised for 2,200 teenagers to pack the halls in five weeks. Here and there were small pockets of people working on campus.
Approximately the same size as Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs, the Skyridge High School population includes a ninth grade. Meanwhile, Lehi High School will open the 2016-17 school year at a population size it has not seen in years, approximately 1,400 students.
“Without our ninth grade we’d be right around 1,600,” Perkins said.
A group of football players were on the east field Tuesday, practicing with their coaches. Professional movers to the north of the building were carrying in huge boxes of furniture and stacking each in a long line against the walls.
Others were wrapping up construction projects, finishing the last details with the classrooms.
Contractors were taking down barricade fencing so faculty and staff could access the campus parking. Occasionally a vehicle would pull up to the front east entrance, and teachers would unload storage boxes with supplies for their classrooms.
Japanese language teacher Nikki Fullmer brought her boxes stacked three high and four deep on a moving trolley. She will be teaching Japanese only for the 2016-17 school year, a first for her.
“It’s going to be different without dance and history,” Fullmer said.
Gig Griffith, the student council advisor and a social studies and business teacher, had 16 students help him move 60 boxes. He had offered an incentive.
“I took them out to have pizza. They had a lot of fun,” Griffith said.
Teachers have been asked to not open boxes and not put items away until the contractor officially turns the building over to the school district.
The administrative offices, however, are now open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“This is just a great asset to the community,” Griffith said about the new school.