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Gallery: Alabaster's new high school may be ready for students after winter break

Classroom inside Alabaster's new Thompson High School

Alabaster City Schools is trying to get all of the approvals needed to move students into its new, $68 million high school after winter break.

The school that will be one of the largest in Alabama, with the ability to accommodate more than 2,000 students.

Argo Construction allowed our camera inside Thursday, while finishing touches were being added.

The school system wants to move students in as soon as possible and that could be on January 4.

The decision hinges on building inspections happening right now. By December 22, the state building inspector will decide whether to grant a certificate of occupancy to allow the school system to move in.

Many parts of the school are ready, from the classrooms and science labs to the second gymnasium.

Even the cafeteria is full of school pride, with a school colored interior and a mural painted on the wall.

The Media Center will be known as the Innovation Center. In it, a Maker's Space will include technology like 3D printers. Student work space rooms inside the center will be able to be reserved online.

The band room will be part of a 14,000 square foot performing arts wing.

It's a school Alabaster parents like Chris Segraves are excited for their children to attend.

“It's real close to where we live,” Segraves told ABC 33/40. “It's huge. It's beautiful already.”

Segraves three children are still young, but he's already thinking about how new facilities will help with their academic success.

“The facilities being up to date instead of old and dated- it helps their ability to learn in an easier way and to be able to showcase their stuff as they go to college,” said Segraves.

If students move into the school in January, construction will continue on the performing arts auditorium, indoor arena and sports complex.

The sports complex, set to open in march, will include a new football stadium, indoor practice facility, baseball complex, track and soccer facilities and six lit tennis courts.

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