Those hallowed halls we all remember filled with hundreds of students, lockers and a loud school bell, are only a memory for some. That's because traditional school is changing. Now, going to the mall means you're studying to graduate from high school.
Thursday night was open house for the new Paul L. Kelly Volunteer Academy, named after the long-time educator And school board member.
The academy has classrooms, desks, computers, and hallways like your traditional schools, but that's where the similarities stop.
Prinicpal Tracy Poulsen says, "We're a non-traditional high school which allows us to modify our schedules. We offer 2 sessions. Students either come in the morning from 8:30 til 12, or in the afternoon from 12:30 to 4. We serve juniors and seniors that are behind on credits to graduate or that for some reason don't fit into the traditional high school setting."
And then when it comes time to graduate, you can simply walk to a nearby store for a new outfit because, "They're all come back In May for the real graduation, walking across the stage."
The building has a capacity for up to 200 students, but will serve 75 at first.