New building for an old school

By Hydeia Wilfong & Dre’Quan Gibson
In the past year Garinger students may have noticed some significant differences in the school’s large campus, such as the gym or the science building.

The construction was part of the 2007 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools bond of $516 million  that was used to renovate and build new CMS schools. The 2007 bond allowed for Garinger to get 16.3 million dollars to build the new science building, renovate the gym, and to spruce up the track and field.
The new science building, which is the 600 building, was meant to be used for all of the sciences at Garinger, mainly biology classes. Workers began construction on the building in May of 2013 and the building was finished by the second semester of the 2013-2014 school year. The layout of the building is completely different from the rest of the buildings at Garinger. The innovative building has different mirrors in the larger bathrooms, it includes work rooms instead of lounges for teachers, and includes an elevator.

Also the school has decided to do away with promethean boards. “All classrooms will now have projected laptops and students will use laptops instead of desktops” said assistant principal Mr. Pratt, with a total of 17 laptop desks being present in the building.

Even students are responding positively to the new building.

“It’s big, [Garinger] needed a new building…it brings out the pride in our school” said 10th grader Deng Barac.

The building’s pristine floors and fresh paint smell is a different feel for the Garinger campus, which hasn’t had a new building in awhile. Many of the students in the building are enjoying the new bathrooms especially.

“My favorite part is the bathrooms because they are clean,” eleventh grader Alicia Medina said.

Though the new building added more classrooms to the Garinger campus, it will not affect the amount of students enrolled in Garinger High School or the number of teachers employed, which all depend on the total population of students and the student teacher ratio.

But these renovations – the building, the gym, and the track & field –  are only the beginning to the new changes that will be coming to Garinger.

With the new 2013 bond, Garinger will be granted more money to reinvent its campus, making Garinger even more appealing to incoming students and teachers.

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