Minarets High School Grand Opening

FRESNO, California The new Minarets High School is located in O'Neals just off Highway 41 in Madera County. Some classes began in September, now the school's final construction is complete.

The school flag was officially raised during the grand opening of Minarets High School in Madera County.

Principal Michael Neihoff says this is a 21st century facility where every student has a laptop, all work is done digitally and projects for english, math even, PE classes are submitted as video productions.

Students like Destany Morgan and Cayla Bordwine say they are getting real world experience. When students aren't pitching projects -- they sing karaoke in the media lounge -- there is a recording studio on campus and every class is equipped with a green screen.

This is the first high school built in the Chawanakee Unified School District. With its panoramic view -- Minarets High sits in the middle of O'Neals, North Fork and the Yosemite Lakes Park communities.

School Board Trustee Barbara Bigelow says in the past students were bused all over the county to separate high schools.

She says since Madera County residents approved the bond to fund and build the new school, it has strengthened surrounding communities.

Administrators say with 135 students currently on campus, and a new freshman class being added over the next two years -- the school is already attracting students and teachers from throughout the Valley.

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