Progress Was Made on the New FHN Building During Summer Break


Credit to Andrew Goffinet

On Feb. 10 the construction crew works on finishing the foundation of the new school, and began to expand the building into the old track area, as of now they are working on the back corner of the construction site. The plans for the construction for next week are to add steel to the foundation of the school. Even with the budget issues going on with the construction the planned date of completion is still to be in the Fall of 2024.

On May 20, 2021 the S.M. Wilson construction company broke ground on the new Prop-s funded Francis Howell North building that is currently set to open Fall of 2024 just in time for the 24-25 school year. Although the football field and other sports fields will open the following year. Construction has had multiple delays because of shipping, cost of materials, labour and COVID 19.

The building has almost all exterior walls, the outline of the new two floor gymnasium, the classroom wing stairwell and structure for the library built. The library will also have two beams visible that have the Class of 2025 handprints and the Class of 2034 handprints. They were the freshman and kindergarten students in the 21-22 school year. The new parking lot was also finished at the start of the 22-23 school year; this will be the parking lot of the new building as well as the new parking lot for the old building until it is torn down to be replaced with the football field.

As they continue on construction of the new building students, teachers and staff at Francis Howell North have been able to see the construction and the new school in progress. The new school building will provide a new safe and clean modern environment for students to learn in. As of now the Class of 2025 is set to be the first graduating class of the new school.

“It’s exciting. A new school has been a long time coming and knowing I’ll get to see it and learn in it in my final year of high school is something I look forward to,” sophomore Lisa Smyth said.