On Wednesday, Sept. 6 Superintendent Patrick McGrath along
with Board members, local dignitaries, and high school students
cut the maroon and white ribbons to officially mark the opening
of the high school's new state-of-the-art STEAM addition. After
the speeches and ribbon cutting residents were invited to
tour the faciity and see all the new technology.
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Over the past several years, all BH-BL schools have undergone
various upgrades and modernizations or construction as part of
the 2013 voter-approved referendum. The most recently completed
project is the new Science,
Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) addition at the high school. This is the single largest project undertaken by the district since the construction of the middle school in 1961.
The state-of-the-art facility elevates the high school and district to a whole new level by adding high-tech classrooms and labs for hands-on and interactive work in such areas as advanced manufacturing, industrial engineering, robotics, electronics, computer science, graphic design, applied math, 2-D and 3-D art, computer-aided design (CAD), and digital music.
“It’s exciting to be able to offer our students and faculty
advanced technology and learning spaces that better align with
the digitized world we live in,” says BH-BL High School
Principal Tim Brunson. “The new facilities will help us further
enhance our course offerings, introduce our students to
collegiate-level technology, and put us on the map for
having a cutting-edge high school of the future.”
The new wing is home to 18 high-tech classrooms (there is also one in the library and seven at the middle school) that put the latest instructional technology at teachers’ fingertips through the use of district-designed SmartHubs. The hubs are similar in style to lecterns but include a touchscreen monitor and digital control panel to easily engage such devices as:
“These are just a few of the many potential conveniences that will be offered in the model classrooms,” adds Brunson. “And nearly every high school student will take at least one class in the STEAM addition and, therefore, will be able to experience and benefit from the advanced technology.”