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Stanton Academy ready for start of school year

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Workers are putting the finishing touches on the new Stanton Academy in Yakima.

The alternative high school is the first of three brand new schools to be completed in town.

For years, the old Stanton Academy in Union Gap has struggled to provide the basic needs of students. Classes are held in a former elementary school that was built in 1955.

But, starting this school year, students will be walking into the brand new Stanton on River Road in Yakima.

"Our smallest classroom here is the same size as our biggest classroom at the previous building, so those sort of things send the message to our students, 'hey, we're here, we're committed to your success,'" said Stanton Academy Principal, Clinton Endicott.

The 49,000 sq. foot facility is almost double the size of the old building, capable of housing 350 students. 

It features state of the art technology and classrooms to help them succeed.

"Really being able to take the learning to that next level is just really important to us and exciting," said Endicott.

"This is a facility that the students that come here will want to be here and they'll want to learn, " said Jim Wright, construction and planning principal for the Yakima School District.

A big change for a lot of students at Stanton Academy. And Principal Endicott hopes the change isn't just limited to the building but also the students, and how they see their education.

"Kids here do get forgotten, and it's not a matter of I'm going into my fourth year here as the principal, I certainly don't forget them. They're great kids and now we have a facility that matches," said Endicott.