New High School in Laramie

24 Oct

All about the new High School’

 

Laramie is building a brand new high school and its being constructed on one of Laramie’s Business Park’s land, the Turner Tract, located on Boulder and Beech Drs.  Construction started this summer (2014) and is expected to be completed by June 2016.  It will cost approximately $85.8 million to erect this building with all its “state-of-the-art” classrooms and technology. The current high school was built in 1968, making it 46 years old. The building is too old to renovate.  Click here for more information.

 

Current Laramie High School located on 15th St and Reynolds

Current Laramie High School located on 15th St and Reynolds

‘Currently, where do things stand’

 

On October 14, 2014, the second work package opened for bids. This started a course of action that could tell us what kind of labs, shops, and classrooms the school will have. “The Albany County School District No. 1 Board of Education scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Oct. 29, 2014, to hear the bids and recommendations at School District central offices, 1948 Grand Ave.” Click here for more information.

 

Please click here for slideshow of new high school.

 

‘What do the residents say’

 

Jason Porter, a Laramie citizen, was all for a new high school. “Laramie education needs the “boost” the new technology the high school will provide, for the new generation coming of age.”  Another Laramie resident, Carolyn Murphy, was not so inclined. “It’s not that I don’t want a new high school in Laramie, (I have 2 pre-teen children), it’s all the enhancements (the swimming pool, the football field). We had a Recreation Center built about 10 years ago that has 2 swimming pools, plus the current high school has a pool, not to mention the 2 pools at the University of Wyoming. I just don’t agree we need another pool. I would rather see high tech labs and computers.”

 

‘Conclusion’

 

Whether the school costs millions or even billions of dollars to build, we have to ask ourselves, how will our future generation benefit? Should the benefit of the new school be placed on sports or academia? Regardless of the answer, Laramie is getting a new high school. It will take time to discover whether the benefit outweighed the cost.

 

 

Kathy Ogburn, author

Kathy Ogburn, author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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