On Wednesday, June 15, the BH-BL School District once again made history when a ground breaking ceremony was held at the high school to officially kick off the start of the largest portion of the voter-approved $34.2 million renovations project--the construction of a STEAM addition. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math.) [FULL STORY]
On the last day of school when the final bell of the 2015-16 school year rings, BH-BL High School doors will close for students and staff and open for construction crews. The district is set to break ground on the new STEAM wing (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) this summer. The addition is expected to be completed in the 2017-18 school year.
The STEAM wing portion of the voter-approved $34.2 million renovation project (Phase IIB) includes classrooms and labs for hands-on work in areas such as advanced manufacturing, robotics, electronics, computer science, graphic design, applied math, 2-D and 3-D art, computer-aided design, and digital music.
Other projects planned for the high school include converting the existing Red and Blue Rooms into a black box theatre and a modern-day presentation center, respectively.
The current English wing (one of the oldest sections of the school) will be renovated and become the District Office, which is currently located at the Hostetter Leadership Building. The English classes will move to where the existing math classrooms are housed, and the math classes will be relocated to the new STEAM addition. These parts of the project are expected to get underway after the STEAM addition is completed.
Other work that will be done at the high school over the next couple of years includes upgrading and reconstructing the high school library to include a Learning Commons, which is a full-service learning, research, and project space. The modern space will accommodate students when they need a meeting place to work on collaborative projects with their peers. It will also offer study areas where students can easily rearrange furniture to accommodate impromptu planning sessions or secure a quiet place to work. The physical education classroom/fitness center will also be renovated and expanded. New exterior restrooms on the end of the science wing adjacent to Centennial Field are scheduled to be constructed.
Also part of Phase IIB is construction and renovations at Pashley and Charlton Heights Elementary Schools. Work at both schools is expected to begin this summer and completed in the 2016-17 school year.
The addition of a workroom/small group learning space is
being constructed at both buildings to provide teachers a place
to collaborate on projects and work with small groups of
students. At each school, modern fire alarm
and public address systems will be installed and asbestos floor tiles in classrooms will be replaced.
To learn more about the entire renovations project and anticipated timeline for each phase, as well as view photos of the work in progress and completed, please use the links in the navigation box on the top right of this page.
The entire renovations referendum is expected to be complete in the 2018-19 school year.
We will continue to keep you informed of the progress of the project and share photos on our website and Facebook page. We also encourage you to sign up for our School News Notifier (SNN) system to receive construction information and updates via email. (Select the District News category when signing up.)