The official groundbreaking for the new Alexandria Area High School took place on a beautiful fall afternoon Friday, September 14, 2012. Voters in Alexandria School District 206 approved a bond referendum in a special election held on September 27, 2011 to provide $65.15 million to build a new high school to replace Jefferson High School. The new high school will be built on the 167-acre site already owned by the school district located at the intersection of 50th Avenue and Pioneer Road, across the street from the Grand Arbor by Knute Nelson community.
More than 120 attended the community event. The ceremony included welcoming comments by Superintendent Terry Quist and Alexandria Mayor H. Dan Ness. Also on hand to speak were Vice-Chair of the Board of Education Dave Anderson; Jefferson High School Principal Chad Duwenhoegger; and Jefferson Teachers Sara Kosters and Tom Smith.
The new school building will be a model in environmentally friendly design and construction, and will accommodate 1,400 students in grades 9 through 12. It will feature a cutting edge learning environment, a 1,000-seat auditorium, on-site athletic facilities and fields, and will serve as a center for academics, the arts, and activities for all ages. Onsite work began in June and the project is targeted for completion by September 2014.