Garinger 2.0

The new classroom building as it appeared in May 2013. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2014.
The new classroom building as it appeared in May 2013. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

By Demetri Johnson and Kimberly Monge

Years ago, CMS had a bond referendum to raise funds for several CMS schools in the area.

Well, four years later, Garinger is getting some of those funds.

Turner, a construction company founded in 1902, is building a new locker room and classroom building and is remodeling the gym and football stadium here at Garinger. They will add 15 class rooms to the new building.

Turner started construction after winter break and is expected to be finished by  the second semester of the 2013-14 school year.

However, there are many challenges and many issues that occur when a school is undergoing construction.

Teachers have had to change their parking spaces, the football team has had to work out in the locker-room, and renovations have had to be made.

“There are lots of moving parts, and a lot of adjusting according to new drawings,” said Assistant Principal Leduan Pratt.

The construction has sparked excitement as well as heartache throughout campus.

“I am excited about the physical enhancement to school, I am excited that the kids here will get a 21st century building,”  said  Ms. Mia Smith, a facilitator here.

Even students who are leaving to start their independent lives are excited about this new building.

“It makes me mad that I won’t be able to see the results, but I will come visit when it’s done,” said senior Ashley Galbreath.

No matter the case, the new building will cause positive change here at Garinger.

“I think everybody can agree that improvements are well overdue here at the G,” said Coach Stovall.

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