School of the future

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On a warm July day back in 2008, Grayson leaders broke ground on the first county school construction program in more than 25 years.

Superintendent Elizabeth Thomas said that day that "young people deserve a school equipped with the latest technology."

Former County Administrator Bill Ring stated that with the new facility, students "don't have to take a back seat anymore."

Seventeen months later, a beautiful school stands where an open field once was, ready to educate the future of Grayson County.

The school features state-of-the-art technologies within an impressive brick facade with stone accents.

The school's design is simple, yet well planned.

Pre-kindergarten through second grade occupy one wing, third through fifth grade another, and secondary classes are completely separate. The facility will allow for high school students to complete their core classes at the site, without having to rub elbows with elementary students or feel out of place.

Grayson Highlands features a full-size gym, a wellness center and will serve the entire community.

Security also played a large role in the design, which allows for personnel to stand in an intersection and monitor two main hallways at a time.

Grayson School Board Member Wynn Combs said at the groundbreaking that "the best time to plant a tree is 25 years ago. The second best time is today."

With this new facility, Grayson County has certainly planted a tree full of valuable fruits that will educate children for years to come.