ANACORTES — Community members got a first glimpse Tuesday of what the new Anacortes High School might look like.

“Verbal feedback was very positive,” Anacortes School District Superintendent Mark Wenzel said. “That was really exciting to hear.”

Early designs show the Rice Field and War Memorial Plaza moving to the other side of the high school, making room for new construction on the current Rice Field site.

On that site, a new two-story building would be the school’s “academic wing,” housing classrooms, conference rooms and open areas for small-group study sessions, said study and survey architect Kevin Oremus of Huttleball and Oremus Architecture.

“We’re really looking at giving the students and the teachers flexibility in terms of their working environment,” Oremus said.

The current high school building, which houses both the gym and Brodniak Hall, would be remodeled and modernized. That building would also house the school’s library, art rooms and other common areas.

The two buildings would be separate, but connected by a pedestrian-friendly plaza, Oremus said.

The district’s alternative high school, Cap Sante, would also have a new home on the property.

“It (will have) its own identity,” Oremus said. “It’s a little bit separate.”

Parking will increase three-fold, he said.

Next week, the school board likely will give its approval for the design process to continue.

Construction on the new Rice Field is set to begin in the spring, and would be completed in time for football season.

Construction on the high school buildings would begin in 2017.

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