Gardner Edgerton High School will host a community open house for the public to view the new renovated high school, Advanced Technical Center, TRAILS facility and the new culinary program area from 5-7 pm, on Thursday, Aug. 24. The renovations and construction was possible due to the support of the communities in the passage of the 2016 Bond Issue.
The additional wing consisting of 18 classrooms, student lockers and conference areas, will predominately serve freshmen-level classes. In addition to the new wing, the existing commons and kitchen/cafeteria areas have been expanded as well as the band, vocal music and orchestra rooms, to meet the needs of growing student population and student participation. Renovation also occurred in the school’s automotive classroom to house the new culinary program. The automotive/transportation career pathway is now located in the Advanced Technical Center along with the welding and architecture/construction programs.
The new culinary program area is equipped with a top-of-the-line commercial/industrial kitchen, a bistro-type restaurant for service training and future culinary projects, and a separate hands-on working classroom. The culinary program, located on the northwest side of the high school building, has a separate entrance to allow for evening school-sponsored activities and events.
The TRAILS facility, located off of Poplar Street on the GEHS campus, is a 1,500 square foot stand-alone building constructed for young adults with disabilities. TRAILS (Transition Readiness and Independent Living Skills) is a community-based program designed to assist the young adults in the transition from school to adult life. The new facility will provide real-life experiences and provide an appropriate environment to learn these skills to make the transition both easy and comfortable.
All community members are welcomed to stop by and view the new facilities between 5-7 p.m., on Aug. 24. GEHS Back to School night is between 7-9 p.m. on the same evening for GEHS students and families.