Construction workers have begun to complete retrofits of Edgewood Junior High and Edgewood High schools. The newest additions to the schools include safety features, new labs and technology.
Edgewood Junior High School has seen its classrooms remodeled and new lighting added. Principal Melissa Pogue says the school’s more than 600 students and 35 staff members have constantly been on the move to accommodate the changes.
“Every nine weeks approximately four classrooms emptied and students had to be flexible, as did staff,” Pogue says. “Students sometimes had to meet in the cafeteria due to space being limited.”
Edgewood High Principal Dirk Ackerman says some of the school’s 50 year old science labs have been updated, allowing students to perform tasks more appropriate to today’s curriculum.
“We now have true chemistry labs, biology labs for the life science classes for biology,” Ackerman says. “We also have a physics lab for the physics class.”
He says the updates provides a good real world experience for the students.
Both buildings are expected to be complete by mid-August for the first day of school.