Northern High School in Owings, MD will close for students on December 21 and January 2. Staff will use these two days to relocate to the newly constructed building.
Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “We also adjusted the student calendar when Calvert High relocated and when the buildings at Patuxent Appeal Elementary were reconfigured. Closing school for students for two days will provide time for staff to prepare the new facility and be ready when students return on January 3.”
The schedule change has been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. Students will not be required to make up the two days.
Contractors and school system staff are doing the final work in the new facility. Computer technicians have begun installing equipment. New furniture has been delivered and will soon be placed in classrooms.
An energy dashboard in the front lobby highlights the green features of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified building, such as a geothermal heating and cooling system, energy conserving LED lighting and an Energy Star roof.
The new building includes an athletic complex with a main gym, auxiliary gym, weight room and wrestling room, all branded with red and blue Patriot colors.
The second phase will include demolition of the old school and construction of the administrative offices, plus an addition to the Mary Harrison Cultural Arts Center. New bleachers and a press box will be installed in the stadium, and a new concession stand will be part of the administration building. The bus loop will also be redesigned to separate car and bus traffic, and additional parking will be provided in the front parking lot.