Less than a year away from its first day of school, construction on the new Skyridge High School in Lehi is on schedule, the sod is being installed on the playing fields this week and its raising money for a matching grant for library books.
“Things are going very well,” said Skyridge Principal Joel Perkins. … “We’re definitely on track where we want to be.”
The grass started going in on Tuesday or Wednesday, he said, and the goal is to have it all installed by the beginning of November. “The plan is to have all the fields in and well-rooted by winter so that we have great root structure next year.”
Also, the last of the concrete has been poured for the floors and now crews are working to get all the brick walls built, Perkins said. “There’s not a lot more external structure that needs to be done.”
The roofing will be done and the building will be sealed and waterproof by the start of winter, he added.
Staffing will be one of the next priorities for the school. Perkins said he’ll be meeting with the Lehi High School principal to start the process of dividing the staff.
“We’re taking about half the kids of Lehi High School so I anticipate about half the staff members of Lehi High are coming to Skyridge,” he said. The goal is to have all the head coaches and department heads hired by the end of October.
Besides staffing and construction, school officials are raising money for library books.
The Alpine Foundation will match the first $5,000 the school raises to buy books for the future library.
Perkins said the school hasn’t met that goal yet but he’s confident it will. The extra $10,000 will be added to the school’s startup budget for books. “It will be very, very helpful in making sure we have a good set of books available for students.”
To donate to the grant matching fund, go to shs.alpineschools.org, click on the donate button and make sure to write LIBRARY as the purpose of the donation.