Ferris dedicates new campus
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS – The new 240,000 square foot Ferris High School was dedicated Saturday, Aug. 16 with several hundred residents in attendance.
Following opening remarks and ceremony, visitors toured the new multi-million dollar campus.
Designed, constructed and funded with a 2005 bond election, Ferris ISD officials cut the ribbon on the facility at 1 p.m. at the campus on East 8th St.
The building is to accommodate 1,200 students and staff, which will pave the way for Ferris’ future entry into Class 4A, the second-to-last student population category (for athletic reasons, Ferris is in Class 3A; classifications are based on student enrollment.)
With 65 classrooms, a vocational agricultural facility and athletic field house, school officials said the new high school was constructed for $149.33 per square foot.
The old Ferris High School, located a block away, will house the junior high.
The cost from the bond package approved three years ago includes the sidewalks and parking, six tennis courts, three practice fields for the football and soccer teams and band, as well as landscaping, furniture and computers and technology.
It is the technological aspect that has many school officials in surrounding areas buzzing. Wireless Internet "hot spots" (laptops not included) will be available all over the campus, which Ferris officials say will help provide for a safe, warm and friendly learning environment.