Bond provides loads of new classrooms, space at Tigard High
Freshmen attending their first day of classes at Tigard High School got a glimpse at some of the renovations already completed and those yet to come, all part of a bond measure for new construction and remodeling of the school.
Still under construction is a new commons area, but an already completed portion of that renovation is the so-called "learning stairs," large steps where students can hang out that lead to a second floor space and classrooms.
"The whole wing is brand-new," Principal Brian Bailey said during a tour Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Until the main commons area is completed next year, students will continue to eat in the old cafeteria.
One of the aspects of the renovation and construction includes replacing the school's auxiliary gym, something that will happen next summer during the second phase of the high school's bond construction. The new auxiliary gymnasium will contain a health room, fitness rooms, a weight room and other classrooms.
At the same time, the main gymnasium will stay intact.
One of the finished renovations Bailey said he's particularly proud of from a visual standpoint is the reclaimed wood paneling (taken from demolition of some of the older school spaces) used to accent both the front reception desk and the "distinguished alumni" case.
Here are other Tigard High construction highlights:
• A soon-to-be secured entry vestibule. While a first set of glass doors will be open to the public, a second set will remain locked for security purposes. In addition, those who want entry into the adjacent administrative offices will have to be buzzed in through a video intercom camera system that allows administrators to see who is coming into the building.
• New laptops. "Every kid is going to have a laptop in our district this year," said Darren Barnard, director of operations and the bond for the Tigard-Tualatin School District.
• A new Community Experience for Career Education — more commonly referred to as CE2 — space. "These guys have a beautiful space they can call their own," said Bailey, likening the old space to a dungeon. "More importantly, it's bright. It's welcoming. It's clean."
• Renovation of the main hallway, or Main Street, as students call it. The long hallway will connect to the main office as well as to classrooms. "This is the I-5 corridor of Tigard High School," Bailey said.
• A new south wing now houses arts and career and technical education (or CTE) space. From that wing, students will be able to view the expanded commons construction through nearby windows.
• A brand new ceramics room has been fitted with dust filters and an easy-to-clean concrete floor. "This is hands down … the nicest ceramics room I've ever seen," Bailey noted.
• A renovated automotive technology space. The room includes three new car lifts (along with three already installed). Once everything is in place, automotive instructor James MacDonald said, "It's going to be awesome."
• In the new, clean maker space, Steve Fulton, the computer science and information technology teacher, said he's hoping refurbished laptops will raise money for the robotics club. Fulton said if all the laptops were sold, the robotics club could pocket $15,000.
• Wood shop has returned to Tigard High School thanks to the efforts of both the bond and Ballot Measure 98, passed by voters in 1998, which in part supports career and technical education.
"We haven't had wood shop at Tigard High for years," Bailey pointed out.
Both Bailey and Barnard said the goal is to provide a place for students to create projects that will benefit the community and make it better.
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