Cleburne High School will host a Community “Come and See” the evening of August 8, providing residents with their first glimpse of the new science wing and a section of career and technical education classrooms and labs which will be serving students on the first day of school.
Set for 5:30-7:30 p.m., the open house will provide the community with a walk through the first completed phase of academic construction in the building of a new CHS, following the opening of the softball/baseball complex last spring. The construction of a new high school, on the existing site, and the remodeling of the current campus into a career/technical education and fine arts facility was approved by voters in 2016.
“We are very excited to have the community tour these first two completed portions of the high school construction project,” Superintendent Dr. Kyle Heath said. “I think everyone who attends the open house will agree this will be an excellent learning environment for our current students and for those in school years to come.”
The science classrooms include chemical fume hoods and free-standing eye wash stations and safety showers. Mobile work stations will allow for collaboration and flexibility in the use of classroom space. A major feature in the design of the new high school is the incorporation of natural light throughout the building, including classrooms.
The former science wing has been remodeled for new and expanded use by the CTE program. The law/public safety/security, health sciences and business/marketing/finance clusters will be located in this section of the building.
New construction for the health sciences module has allowed for additional space for the pharmacy technician and certified nurse aide programs to include a mock doctor’s office, retail and hospital pharmacy and hospital and long term care patient rooms. A general health science lab is also included.
The same holds true for the law and public safety program, where students interested in criminal justice will put theory to work in a mock courtroom. Careers in law enforcement will be explored as students utilize areas designated for evidence and armory storage and emergency dispatch training.
“Our CTE classrooms have had to double as labs for programs such as these,” CTE Director Mark McClure said. “These have been highly successful programs for our kids, but we will be able to do so much more with this additional space and the opportunity to learn and train in industry-standard spaces. Our goal is to mimic what they do in industry and these labs will allow for that. We are very excited about our new facilities.”
The Career and Technical Education Center has also been the site of extensive remodeling throughout the summer, and while it will not be included on the tour, it will be accessible to students by the start of school. The construction has included a transformation of the connector between the east end of the former science wing and the CTE Center and will now serve as The Gallery.
“The Gallery is an open area which features presentation stairs,” McClure said. “This will allow us to bring together several classes at a time for programs, meetings and guest speakers. Student projects will also be showcased there. We believe this will be a great addition to our facilities and will give us lots of versatility relating to instruction as well as in hosting special events and activities.”
Construction of the new high school remains on schedule. The next major phase of the project will be the occupation of the academic sections of the new CHS in January. Information on construction progress, including drone videos and photos, is posted on the CISD website, www.c-isd.com under the Bond 2016 tab.
Article courtesy of Lisa Magers