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Published March 28, 2012, 08:29 PM

Major Renovation, Expansion Set at TRF High School

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A major renovation and expansion is set for the Thief River Falls High School. The $31 million project will begin this spring and will take about two years to complete.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A major renovation and expansion is set for the Thief River Falls High School. The $31 million project will begin this spring and will take about two years to complete.

The last major renovation and expansion to Lincoln High School was done nearly 20 years ago. School officials says project will make the school safer and help with some space issues.

The original and oldest section of Lincoln High School were built in the late 1930s. There have been three additions since then. The next will be this spring.

Construction will include new walls, lights, ceilings and lockers. The school will also get a new heating and cooling system.

But what students might notice most is the extra leg room. The cafeteria space is going to double.

The other area of expansion will be additional classrooms for shop, electronics and welding courses. Right now students have to go to a separate building two blocks away from the high school for those classes.

"Our district and our community is making that investment into our technical education because not all of our students will be going to a four year college, so we have to provide opportunities for our students," Lincoln High School principal Shane Zutz said.

The renovation will also give the school a main entrance area, something the school lacks. Right now there are five entrances that students use to enter and exit the building.

"So the other part is that we will have a main entrance so all of our other entrances will be locked and we will have increased security," Zutz said.

The $54 million bond passed last fall will also pay for renovations at the middle and elementary school in Thief River Falls.

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