Contractors and teachers alike hustled to get the new science and life skills classrooms ready for students August 27, the
day before the first day of classes.
The science building was completely remodeled over the summer. The building now contains four classrooms equipped with lab equipment, one dedicated classroom and one dedicated lab room in the same space where two classrooms, two lecture halls and one lab used to be. Safety equipment, IT infrastructure, heating, cooling and electrical systems are all new.
Contractors will be installing the final plumbing hookups to the lab tables over the course of the next week after students go home for the day, and facilities and operations supervisor Jim Kenoyer said he expects the work to be done by Tuesday, September 3.
Two life skills classrooms were modernized with new facilities for life skills students to learn how to cook and do laundry. Life skills teacher Amber Burling said she was excited about the new space as she unloaded boxes and moved in furniture. “I’m optimistic that we’ll be ready for students tomorrow,” she said.
Contractors had 51 days to make a lot of changes, but Kenoyer said the project came in on time and on budget, and he’s hopeful teachers will enjoy their new classrooms.
“Now it’s a much more flexible space,” he said.
The school district is tentatively planning for an open house for the community to have an opportunity to see the changes that have been made to the facility for Monday, September 23 at 5 p.m.