Thursday , August 14, 2014 - 12:00 AM
FARR WEST -- The new $23 million Wahlquist Junior High School sprawls empty and shining, waiting for the students who will soon enter the freshly polished halls.
Drew Wilson, of the Weber School District, recently guided Farr West Mayor Lee Dickemore, city council members and residents, including a group of Boy Scouts, through the new building at 2575 W. 2500 North. Wilson talked about all it has to offer.
"It has everything you could want in a new school," said Wilson. Each classroom has natural light from windows, as does the cafeteria, unlike schools like Weber High School that were built with very few windows, he said. He said it has been found the windows are beneficial to students as they are learning; they can see the weather and scenery outside.
A large skylight in the hallway adds to the light inside the school.
Each classroom is 950 to 999 square feet.
The entire school also has air conditioning, and a platform for performances is in the cafeteria area, with lights, sound and curtains.
The restrooms are easily accessible for those with disabilities, and there is a classroom for students with disabilities. Wilson said the halls in the school are extra wide at 14 feet, as opposed to the traditional 12 feet, assisting in a smoother flow of student traffic.
Students will be able to enjoy a counseling area, art room, media center, a wood shop and leather shop, areas for the band and choir, and the new gym with bleachers -- as well as ample area outside for a variety of sports.
Even as the first day of school looms, finishing touches are being added to the school, including security cameras.
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