CLINTON — After a year and a half of work at Northeast High School, the school district was able to show the public the results of the construction on Sunday.
Northeast welcomed in the members of the community to the high school from 2 to 4 p.m. to get a glance at the improvements made to the high school science and athletic wings. The renovations included improvements to the gym. It now has a new scoreboard and video board, new locker rooms and several additions to the science rooms, including a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) room.
“There was a lot of heavy lifting throughout the process,” Northeast School District Superintendent Jim Cox said. “Our plans changed by the amount of technology we added because of the STEM grant we received. This changed the initial design of our project.”
The project took longer than was originally planned and Cox said he is “glad it’s over.” When the project began in October 2013, the school district was not planning on having as much work done during the renovations. However, a grant supplied to the school district allowed it to build the STEM room. Cox said they used other similar rooms at the University of Iowa as well as larger school districts in Iowa, such as Davenport and Bettendorf, which have STEM rooms, and other such rooms in the area to develop a vision for how they will use the STEM room and other science rooms. He says the rooms will be used as early as this year but it may take a year or two to fully develop the curriculum to be used, especially in the STEM room.
“There are so many changes going on with science instruction in schools,” Cox said. “The rooms will be available to be used immediately but it may take a couple years to fully utilize the resources of the STEM and other science rooms.”
According to Cox, 3.4 miles of tech cable was installed for the technology to be used in the renovated rooms. The renovation of the gym, which will be used for athletic events as well as gym classes, was also a major focal point of the project. The new gym will allow for a feed of the game to be shown in the concession stands so parents who are working in the concession stand will still be able to watch the game. They also anticipate the new gym to be used for graduation.
Cox also expressed gratitude to the school board for its patience throughout the whole process. The project took nearly two school years to complete, which is much more than they originally anticipated, but Cox thinks it was worth the wait.
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