New Lehi high school ahead of schedule

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The "New NE Lehi high school" will look similar to Westlake High located in Saratoga Springs.

The “new NE Lehi high school” will look similar to Westlake High located in Saratoga Springs.

Construction on the new high school in Lehi is ahead of schedule, and the school board will get a presentation on proposed names, mascots and colors next month.

The yet-to-be-named high school is 50 percent completed, according to the district’s website. And the winter weather has allowed construction workers to get ahead, said Kimberly Bird, a district spokeswoman. The school will open for students in fall 2016.

The school’s principal, Joel Perkins, has had an online survey going to get suggestions from the community about the school’s name, colors and mascot, she said. The survey closed on Thursday.

This rendering shows what the new Lehi high school will look like from the outside. (Image courtesy Alpine School District)

This rendering shows what the new Lehi high school will look like from the outside. (Image courtesy Alpine School District)

A committee for the school will debate the community submissions and decide on the top three choices, Bird said. “I believe the new principal will come to the board on April 14 and present to the board their top three choices including name, colors and mascot.”

When any new school is built in the Alpine district, the new principal gets input from the community on the name, colors and mascot. Principals may go about the surveys differently, but it’s the same process used at each new school, Bird said.

In addition to construction and naming, school officials are working to establish a PTA and have put together a temporary school community council until the school opens and elections for the council can be held, she said.

The district broke ground for the new school in spring 2014, at 3100 N. Center St. The Alpine School Board approved boundaries for the new school in January; students for the new school would have gone to Lehi High School. In 2009, Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs opened, easing crowding at Lehi High School. But even with that new school, Lehi High has been growing by 200 students every year, district officials have said.

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Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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