A multi-million dollar expansion to Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport is nearing completion.
In 2017, Kingsport City School leaders broke ground on a new regional science and technology center.
Assistant Superintendent Andy True with Kingsport City Schools said it’s a state of the art building is focused on the future of education.
“It allows us really to address a couple of different needs,” True said. “One – a capacity issue here at Dobyns-Bennett to be able to expand our capacity, have more seats available for students but really initially what we wanted to do was create that space with use in mind not just building a box but how can we design a space that’s going to be useable in the most efficient way.”
He said the project costs a little over $20 million.
The facility be 70,000 square feet with 18 different labs.
“It will allow for multiple lab spaces,” True said. “We will have new technology classrooms, more lab space, more science classrooms.”
He said it’s an opportunity to prepare students for the future through science and technology.
“We’re preparing them for a future that necessarily hasn’t been created yet so creating that space that will allow them to have educational experiences that will prepare them for that unknown future in areas such as science and technology, that’s what really drove what this project was going to look like.”
True said the construction portion of the project is expected to be completed by June.
The facility will be ready for students by the Fall.