Monday, February 4, 2013
Walla Walla Public Schools has an excellent track record in remodeling and constructing its schools. In the past 15 years I have witnessed Green Park, Sharpstein and Edison be transformed.
Careful consideration was made to optimize atmosphere and space for student learning and future growth.
If it passes, the current proposal for Walla Walla High School will be no exception. The focus of the suggested plan is to make each classroom optimally conducive to the subject taught.
In most cases this means larger classrooms for engaging in group projects or labs. Drama will have a new classroom constructed as opposed to conducting every class on the stage.
All science classrooms will have sinks and adequate outlets and other technical support for using equipment for experiments. All classrooms will be regulated in terms of temperature with an improved HVAC system.
Students will no longer have to be in portables with minimal natural light; the entire construction will provide increased natural light (replacing single pane windows) helping to bring the campus to energy efficient standards.
Each classroom will also be greatly enhanced by creating a wireless network for increased access to technology.
In addition, the new construction will provide an interior space for students to gather, before and after school.
Working with the pre-existing structure and maintaining the beautiful campus makes the project cost effective.
Check out everything you ever wanted to know about this proposal at wwps.org. The renovation of Walla Walla High School is overdue. Vote “yes” to acknowledge Wa-Hi students’ capabilities and provide them a better environment to engage in learning.
Mary Ann Duffy