GHS collegiate look excites teacher

July 16, 2014

The Granbury High School transformation will combine a fresh look and technology that thrills English teacher Jana Reid.

Classrooms will become like those in colleges, she said.

“In each classroom we’ll have projectors, Smart Boards and stand-alone computers,” Reid said. “The technology will be accessible to students and teachers. That’s 21st century.”

The campus transformation features a collegiate look, according to Huckabee architect Tim McClure. Granbury stone will provide a consistent look throughout the exterior of the building, school officials said.

A commons area will be the focal point of the interior with the cafeteria, library and coffee bar similar to a university student center.

That will provide more “congregational” space for students, Reid said. “That’s super, super exciting.”

The renovations and additions are part of an $84.9 million bond program approved by voters. Additions will be for career and technical education, fine arts, ninth-grade classrooms and an office area with a more secure entry.

Construction will begin in November under the supervision of the Buford-Thompson Company. The ninth-grade addition is expected to be completed in August 2015. The career and technology education addition is projected for a June 2016 completion.

“It’s going to be great,” Reid said.

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