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Construction workers continue work on the new Lehi elementary school building on Friday, March 6, 2015. SAMMY JO HESTER, Daily Herald

LEHI -- Alpine School District has been keeping contractors busy during summer break at many of its schools.

Perhaps nowhere has it been busier than Lehi.

It's not often a community can boast of getting two new schools and major upgrades at two older schools, and DeAnn Kettenring has been sharing what she knows with her Lehi neighbors and friends.

“I thought it might be a good idea for the citizens of Lehi to know of the many great improvements going on at these two schools this summer,” said Kettenring, referring to Willowcreek Middle School and Lehi High School.

Kettenring is a member of the community council at both schools. 

“I love to promote the good in our community,” she said.

Perhaps most noticeable, the high school is getting a remake of its sports fields, including new artificial turf for the football field.

“Currently their field is being replaced because it was disintegrating,” said Kimberly Bird, district spokeswoman.

The east part of campus is also getting a new digital scoreboard, visitor-side bleachers at the football facility, baseball seating with bathrooms and storage, an observation tower and concessions.

Near the northeast part of the campus, the district purchased two homes, with tentative plans to turn the properties into an additional school parking lot.

Still in the preliminary stages, administrators are waiting on a traffic study to work with the city to determine if 300 North connecting to 850 East would help or hinder traffic flow.

The current improvements follow those made in 2014, when the school opened a new three-story tower with five classrooms on each floor. 

There are also significant improvements being made on the inside of the building at Willowcreek.

“Willowcreek is getting improvements as well to expand the eating and lunch area,” Kettenring said.

The middle school is also getting an eight-room satellite building with classrooms, student council rooms and restrooms, according to Bird.

“They are excited about the new satellite because they are designing it to function as a 21st century differentiated instructional model, focused on eighth-grade student courses in art, English, math, science, history and health classrooms,” Bird said.

Skyridge High School is scheduled to open for the 2016-17 school year, and construction currently is ahead of schedule.

Joel Perkins is the Skyridge High principal, and there is already a Twitter handle for the school, @skyridgefalcons, and a website at shs.alpineschools.org.

The Falcons will wear the school colors of orange and steel gray.

This fall, River Rock Elementary will open in northeast Lehi. Its principal is Jason Benson.

“They are working super hard to get that thing done,” Kettenring said. 

That’s not to say there isn’t anything else going on in the largest school district in the state of Utah, with its 55 elementary, 12 junior and middle, nine senior high and six specialty schools.

For more information, go to alpineschools.org.

Cathy Allred is north Utah County reporter for the Daily Herald and can be reached at heraldextra.ca@gmail.com and followed on Facebook: North County News.

Daily Herald journalist Cathy Allred covers north Utah County news and events, and acts as a community watchdog.

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