LAYTON -- Layton High School may be in the midst of a major renovation, but long-lasting traditions at the school aren't going anywhere.
The school is currently in the second phase of a two-part, $23 million renovation project, which will add a renovated gym, a new cafeteria, 20 classrooms, an expanded student commons area and an air-conditioning and fire-suppression system throughout the school.
The current phase of construction is funded by the $250 million bond voters approved for the district in 2009.
The $7.5 million first phase was completed at the beginning of the 2009 school year and added a media center and a weight room, refurbished the day care center and expanded the Little Theater.
As construction has progressed, some questions have been raised about what would happen to several pieces of school memorabilia, such as a wooden sculpture of a Lancer in the commons area and some oil paintings that have been displayed in the gym.
Principal Rick Astle said long-standing objects of tradition and sentimentality will indeed stay in the school.
"We don't know exactly what everything is going to look like when all the construction is done," Astle said. "But when it comes to traditional things, we aren't going to do away with those. We're not trying to take away things, we're trying to add."
The Lancer, which had been previously displayed in the student commons area, has been moved to the athletic department, prominently displayed near some of the school's trophy cases.
Astle said the sculpture was removed temporarily because of the construction and when the work is finished, it will continue to be displayed.
"It will be displayed in the school in some form," Astle said.
Astle said he and Layton students and faculty are excited about the school's facelift.
He said expanding the commons area, which includes moving the school cafeteria closer to it, will offer a large enough gathering space to encourage students from leaving the school at lunch, and to avoid having groups of students go off to other places in the school during lunch.
"It's going to be a much better place for our students to learn and for our faculty to teach," he said. "But it's still going to be Layton High. We're still the Lancers."
All of the renovation work is slated to be complete by December 2011 in response to the school's growing enrollment.
Layton High was established in 1966.