Despite recent rains, progress continues on the Advanced Technical Center project.
“We are hoping the weather will improve to regain the pace needed to meet our expected completion date,” said Leeann Northway, public information officer. The $6.375 million facility is scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2017 to be opened in the Fall.
The 28,000 square-foot facility will meet the needs of students choosing a career in various state-approved technical courses and career pathways not currently available in full capacity at Gardner Edgerton High School. These advanced courses under the Kansas Secondary Level Career Clusters and Pathways will prepare students for post-secondary level courses along with the opportunity to receive both high school and college credit prior to graduation.
Classes offered will include: Automotive repair, automotive collision, design for manufacturing, design for pre-construction, construction, drafting, CAD, and welding as well as a culinary courses.
“It has been very exciting to watch the landscape of USD 231 change with the new Advanced Technical Center construction,” said Pam Stranathan, superintendent. “This facility will create greater opportunities for greater success for many students in the years ahead.”
The facility is located on Madison Street between the northwest corner of the existing high school building and the District Activity Complex to the west.
The $6,375,000 facility will provide enhanced career and technical courses for Gardner Edgerton students.
Project funding is part of the $29.7 million bond issue approved by school district voters on Feb. 2, 2016.