"When they come here, it's a pleasant place to be."
$34-million and 24,000 square feet later, the renovation now underway at Eisenhower High School is almost done.
"The architects came came up with a plan that completely transformed the look of the building. When people come here, they cannot believe what they see."
Designers were tasked with turning the late 1950's building into a 21st century school. So, for inspiration, they toured a handful of high schools out west.
"This modern, open-concept floor plan is just one of the features project managers say will dramatically improve the education for students here at Eisenhower."
"It's kind of a college-atmosphere and provides an education space that our students have sorely needed for a long time."
Phil Hazenfield graduated from Eisenhower in 1963. He says the school will create a buzz in the community.
"It's going to give the kids that go to school here, a sense of pride, the best facility we could provide, the latest in technology and it's going to provide a great place for teachers to teach."
But, the building isn't the only area being revamped. Come next fall, students will switch out their books for tablets and have WI-FI access throughout the space.
"We're thankful that our community stepped up and provided the means for us to do this project."
In the meantime, students have been going to Stephen Decatur Middle School. Eisenhower isn't the only area school getting a facelift. A renovation at McArthur High School starts next fall.
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