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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Robert E. Lee High School will hold an open house ceremony to show students, faculty and community members new and improved additions to the school.

Phase one of the improvements to Lee High School are finished, according to a news release from Duval Public Schools spokesperson Jill Johnson. The renovation project totals $35 million and 145,000 square feet.

Work completed during phase one of the renovation includes adding 30,000 square feet of new building. Added to the school, Johnson said, is a new state-of-the-art cafeteria. Students can now order food from four serving lines and a stand-alone snack kiosk with two additional serving lines. There is also a book depository that offers cafe-style flexible seating.

Constructed on top of the cafeteria are acoustically enhanced rooms. These rooms will house the band and chorus programs, Johnson said. The third classroom located on the top floor is made to be a consumer science room.

Johnson said adjacent to the cafeteria is the new field house which contains locker rooms for male and female athletes and an equipment room with on-site laundry facilities.

All of the school's additions will be accessible to 1,807 students on Lee High's campus.

School Board members and Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals are scheduled to attend.

The open house is scheduled to take place Thursday, September 27 at 6 p.m. Tours will be given immediately following the event, Johnson said.

Lee High School is located at 1200 McDuff Ave. South.

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