In the fall, Kingman Academy of<BR>Learning to field full high school

KINGMAN – Kingman Academy of Learning will have a full-fledged high school next year and will graduate its first class from a building owned by the district.

The KAL district has added one high school grade per year the last three years and now has a junior class.

A new modular facility to open in August will house roughly 350 students in four grades.

"Part of the money we got to build our intermediate school was from educational bonds," KAL Director Betty Rowe said.

"We're increasing those bonds from the original pool we were in to cover the cost of construction, which will be about $4.2 million."

The educational revenue bonds were sold through a pool in Pima County that originally included KAL as one of five schools.

Although the KAL is now independent, the district retained the option of getting the bonds through that pool at a better interest rate, Rowe said.

The district has leased space from Praise Chapel for the past seven years.

The intermediate school – grades three through five – was first located there and the KAL High School now holds classes there.

Rowe said her district has enjoyed a good relationship with Praise Chapel but more space is now needed.

The lease will not be renewed for next year, she said.

Modular Tech of Phoenix will erect the modular buildings that will put "everything under one roof," Rowe said.

The main entrance will be on Burbank Street north of Centennial Park.

Brownie Hamlyn, business manager for KAL, said the district owns 8.5 acres of land there and the high school will be built on 4.75 of those acres.

Rowe showed blueprints of the school Tuesday.

They include special education and vocational education classrooms, two science labs, an art room, a drama room and a gymnasium with stage and boys' and girls' locker rooms.

The high school will be 44,650 square feet.

"We first planned a configuration similar to our intermediate and middle schools with grade levels grouped together and pods (four rooms together) for science, math and language arts classes," Rowe said.

"But Doug Hensley of Modular Tech took a look at it and sent us a copy of the blueprint for a school in Phoenix that he can site-adapt to our property."

The district owns two schools on Harrison Street that house grades three through eight.

Once the high school opens, only the district's primary school (kindergarten through grade two) will be in a building that is leased.

The primary school is based at First Southern Baptist Church on Hualapai Mountain Road.

The KAL's current enrollment is 1,140, and the new building can accommodate 500 students.