KAYSVILLE -- Centennial Junior High is Davis County's newest facility and an example of how schools in the district will be built in the future.
Construction on the $29.6 million school began in March 2010 and was finished before the late bell rang on the first day of school, which was Monday.
School district officials say the school will incorporate all the latest technologies.
"When the school was built, we consulted very closely with our IT department," said Gary Payne, administrator of facilities, management and planning with Davis School District. "It's got all the latest gadgets."
The school at 740 S. Sunset Drive will feature a state-of-the-art air-conditioning system, a high-tech computer lab and even a solar array system.
"They use that as an educational tool," Payne said. "It might be used to power up the computer lab."
He said the school was built using a model that replaces a building plan from the 1970s.
The new plan costs less money per square foot to build than the old one.
So far, Centennial is the third school to use the prototype. Legacy Junior High, which opened in Layton in 2009, and West Point Junior High, which opened in 2003, also used the model.
Centennial Junior High has a single gym with a running track, a combined cafeteria and commons area, a band and orchestra room, and a media center.
It doesn't have an auditorium, which district officials say gives the school a more open feel.
"This school is much more open than a lot of our other schools," Payne said. "There is a lot more glazing, more natural light coming in and just a real open atmosphere. That's what schools here are going to look like in the future."
Chase Rodgers, school district planner, said the openness will be beneficial for both students and teachers.
"It's a lot better for teachers and staff to be able to supervise the kids," he said. "And the more daylight there is, the better the students tend to do."
Payne said the school will have an operating cost of about $1.1 million per year.
The school's first principal is Aaron Hogge.
Centennial Junior High School
* LOCATION: 740 S. Sunset Drive, Kaysville
* COST: $29.6 million
* HISTORY: Built in 2010
* SIZE: 178,000 square feet
* STUDENT BODY:
Estimated at 975
* STAFF: 41, including teachers and support staff
* TIDBIT: Centennial features a solar array system and was the first school to be built as a result of the 2009 school district bond.