The construction of the new 500-student Maroa-Forsyth High School was authorized by public referendum and funded partially by the State of Illinois School Construction Program. Completed in January 2004, the building design departs from a traditional school expression to convey the forward-thinking nature of this progressive community. Bids received were under budget, CAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$107.20FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio this allowed the construction of many extras.
The building is organized into an academic wing and an activities wing, which are connected by a centrally situated administrative area at the heart of the facility. The main entrance is designed to provide controlled access during the school day. A separate event entry provides controlled access for after-hours events in the evening and on weekends.
A prominent feature of this design is the flexibility created by situating a stage adjacent to both the gymnasium and the 500-seat cafetorium. A movable partition on either side of the stage allows for a variety of performance venues; the stage can be open to the gym, open to the cafetorium or used as a standalone classroom.