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Science Renovations Begin at Central

A ceremonial ground breaking for the new Central High science building, made possible by the 2008 bond issue, was held recently. Read more for what's next, a video tour of the new building and a description of its features.

Central High’s new science addition, which should be completed by the fall of 2010, will serve as the prototype for all future science additions and renovations in the district. South High will be next in line, followed by West High. The North High science wing had an extensive upgrade five years ago, so is not in line for major renovations, but will receive new equipment.

Some features of the new environmentally-friendly facility include:

  • Outdoor environmental classroom with a rain garden in which plants (and the birds, insects and frogs they attract) are fed by water collected from the roof;
  • Individualized classroom and lab designs with sufficient space, computers and other equipment to accommodate the needs of a particular category of science;
  • State of the art safety stations in each lab, including eye washes and showers, emergency ventilation systems, and automatic shut-offs for power, natural gas and electric;
  • Outdoor pond and cistern fed by rain water from the roof; and
  • Plantings to reduce grass cutting and to control water run-off.

Click here for a virtual video tour of Central High's new science building as envisioned by architects.