Grand opening of the Gowanda High School science wing

The Gowanda Central School District Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Charles Rinaldi are pleased to announce the upcoming opening of the high school’s new science wing.

The state of art science wing brings Gowanda High School into the 21st Century, helping students to prepare for the growing demand of careers in the field of science and technology.

A specific date and time for the grand opening event will be released as school officials finalize the construction schedule. Currently, the grand opening ceremony is scheduled for late August/early September of 2012.

Additional press releases will be sent to the media as the time approaches.

In November of 2009, Gowanda School District residents approved a series of capital improvement projects. Among the four approved projects was the construction of a new high school science wing.

The capital improvement project funds originated from a NYS building aid source entitled EXCEL or Expanding Our Children’s Education and Learning. The cost of the new science wing totaled $4.6 million. However, due to the nature of the funding, the increase to local taxes is projected to equal zero.

The current high school science classrooms were originally built in 1958. Two received moderate renovations in 2001. However, the remaining classrooms were out of date and lacked basic safety equipment, such as showers, fume hoods, eye-washes, and secure chemical storage space. The Gowanda BOE and architects from Habiterra Inc., after studying the options and issues, concluded it would be more cost effective and efficient to construct a new science wing, rather than renovate the existing classrooms.

The new wing will include four new 8,500-square-foot science classrooms, two computer and multi-media labs, four new bathrooms, a green house, shared office spaces, chemical and equipment storage spaces, up-to-date safety equipment, and custodial closets. The classrooms are scheduled to be ready for the start of the 2012-13 school year.

Besides simply adding modern and safe classrooms, the new science wing will support STEM education at Gowanda High School. STEM education consists of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These four broad fields are critical in enabling the U.S. to remain economically and technologically competitive in the global economy. Locally, this new facility will support the STEM initiative at GHS where students will be trained to be college and career ready and encouraged to enter STEM fields when they pursue post-secondary education. The science faculty and administration are also pursuing partnerships with local post-secondary institutions and integrating STEM themes into the existing curriculum to help prepare GHS students for the demands of the 21st century.

The new science wing will be the gem of the high school.

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