South Tahoe High School completes new building |

South Tahoe High School completes new building

Matt Welch

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Tahoe High School’s newest building opened its doors to students and teachers Monday, adding 7,800 square feet of room for its architecture, construction and automotive courses.

The building is the first in a series of new buildings that will be added in the next few years at the high school, said Angie Keil, a spokeswoman for Lake Tahoe Unified School District. The building, which contains state-of-the-art equipment, was built to conform with the California High Performing Schools standards, an environmentally friendly standard, Keil said.

“It’s a beautiful, state-of-the-art building,” she said. “It’s just awesome from my perspective.”

District Superintendent James Tarwater said the rooms were more than 90 percent complete when students moved in, and the students and teachers are both happy with the new facility.

“The kids are excited. They think it’s a fabulous environment,” Tarwater said.

The next project at the school, including a modernization of the theater and construction on the new arts, media and design building, will begin May 1 with a projected completion date of next year, Tarwater said. The new buildings support the school’s Career Tech Education programs, which many parents are already inquiring about getting their students into, he said.

“We’re getting phone calls already,” he said. “It’s fun to see that we’re on the cutting edge of developing buildings to support programs.”

The Career Tech Education programs help students achieve a high school degree while also attaining some technical certification, he said.

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