IT'S YOUR MONEY: A Look Inside Columbia's New Battle High School

6 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, May 23 2013 May 23, 2013 Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:55:00 AM CDT May 23, 2013 in News
By: Emily Spain
loading

COLUMBIA - Battle High School is gearing up for summer school in less than a month when it will open its doors to students for the first time. Construction crews broke ground in July 2010 shortly after Columbia voters approved a $120 million bond issue.

The district budgeted approximately $75 million for the Battle project. Around $68 million of that total went toward the actual construction of Battle, the other $7 million went into the FFNE fund for the school or furniture, fixtures and equipment. 

When you ask Battle HIgh School Principal Kim Presko about the 300,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, her face fills with pride. 

"It's a once in a lifetime thing for a school principal to be able to do this," Presko said.

Presko showed KOMU around the facility that sits on nearly 85 acres of land. The school has multiple features including a performing arts center that can seat 750 people, which is smaller than Hickman's but larger than the one at Rock Bridge.

"Parents say, what a great way to use our tax dollars, they're really excited about this," Presko said.

The band and choral rooms include new equipment, band uniforms, instruments and practice rooms for students. Battle's new band teacher Bob Thalhuber, who currently teaches at Rock Bridge, said every day unpacking his new gear is like Christmas.

"It's amazing, actually the support from the district's been great," he said.

There are four two-story wings off the main building, one for each grade ninth through twelfth. They're color coded to help kids find their way around. Classrooms are equipped with smart boards and projectors. Battle High School students will also get iPad minis.

"We are about education that's our business. Obviously we want our kids to get a great education and be wonderful citizens," Presko said.

The athletic facilities include a practice or auxiliary gym that attaches to the main gym. The main gym can seat nearly 2,000 people and features a jumbo-tron, a walking track at the top of the bleachers and volleyball nets that lower at the push of a button. Presko said students on tours really get stunned when they see the main gym.

"They're just like wow, this is amazing," she said.

Inside Battle you can also find a weight room with customized floors, fully-equipped culinary rooms, and a cafeteria that overlooks the football field. 

"We got to make this place something that's unique it's not going to be like Hickman, it's not going to be like Rock Bridge, it's going to be like Battle High School and we want it to have a family feel and that everyone's welcome," Presko said. 

Presko said the district stayed on budget for the Battle project. Now, it's time to preserve what taxpayers paid for. 

"You are so lucky to be in a building that is brand new and it's our responsibility to take care of it because it's got to last for hundreds of years just like Hickman," Presko said. 

The district plans to hold a dedication of the school on June 2 at 2 p.m. 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Flu shots are now available from the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services (PHHS). ... More >>
41 minutes ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:26:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools is implementing new rules at all middle school and high school home sporting events. ... More >>
51 minutes ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:16:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police confirm one person is dead after officers responded to an armed burglary call Wednesday afternoon. ... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 5:35:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Improvements to the Dix Road bridge over U.S. Route 50 have now been slated to begin Wednesday,... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 3:49:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol released the names of the child and adult found dead in Gasconade... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:39:05 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are looking for information related to a robbery early Wednesday. It happened at the Midwest Petroleum... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:33:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia officials are fighting back against the trend of vaping among teenagers. Columbia/Boone County Public Health and... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 1:19:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a pair of suspects in a... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 12:02:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man was arrested early Tuesday morning in connection with rape charges. Jason Boley, 40,... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 9:59:00 AM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Some new artwork is continuing to pop up and gain interest on the MU campus. So far,... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:30:00 AM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - A man with four active warrants was arrested Monday night. According to a press release from the... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:17:00 AM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
MEXICO - Outside the Audrain County courthouse Wednesday, a group of people rallied to create awareness about pets and the... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:23:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Teachers, students and parents at Blue Ridge Elementary School are getting used to new security measures. Over... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 6:04:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Multiple people were trapped in elevators across MU's campus as a result of a widespread power outage Tuesday... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:26:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
CAMDENTON - Police are investigating after a Walmart employee found a man dead in a car in the parking lot... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 4:08:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Residents are asking for road improvements after a driver hit and killed a 17-year-old girl on Clark Lane... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 3:46:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 3:39:47 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA -MU's football attendance is showing signs of revival, following years of steady decline. The Tigers' average home attendance... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:36:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 89°
7pm 85°
8pm 81°
9pm 79°
10pm 78°