The Denton Independent School District will open the district's fourth high school to students on Monday. The staff of 140 will welcome 1,200 students in grades 9 through 11, with the student body eventually growing to serve 2,600 students.
With just a few days to go, preparations for the school's grand opening are still underway. Heavy machinery is parked outside the school construction zone. Meanwhile inside the school, teachers are setting up classrooms.
"The last piece of the puzzle is the students," said science teacher Yatishe Milner. "We've had so much preparations going into the building, teacher preparations, and establishing the culture."
Milner previously taught at Plano Independent School District. She began setting up her classroom a week ago.
"Now it comes down to curriculum because the bottom line is they are here to learn the curriculum," said Milner. "(The construction) those are aesthetics. The aesthetics will come, but the foundation is the teaching. The teachers are ready to go."
The $113.9 million campus is the easternmost high school in the district, serving families along the U.S. Highway 380 corridor including the towns of Aubrey, Little Elm and Oak Point.