Building changes are taking place this summer at Burnsville High School and Diamondhead Education Center as the first physical stages of implementing Vision One91, the plan to redesign the district to meet the needs of today’s learners and ensure each student is real-world ready. Especially visible is construction at Burnsville High School (BHS).
Automotive and Construction Trades
Work to re-develop part of the existing maintenance shed into professional-grade learning areas for automotive & construction trades is already underway.
The new automotive and construction trades facility will contain two amazing spaces that will provide opportunities for multiple trades skills to be taught, applied and practiced.
Both technology education teachers Russ Tesmer and Nick Wolf have been involved in every aspect of the planning around the use of this space. In addition, a BHS graduate who now works for Luther Auto helped to lay out a professional shop.
These renovations will continue over the summer and expect to be functional by October with students back into the areas around the end of the first quarter. Before the new area opens, students will continue to meet and learn daily. Once completed, this will be one of the premiere high school construction trades and automotive departments, said Superintendent Joe Gothard.
More at Burnsville High School
Also on the west side of the building, the former area for automotive and construction trades is being demolished and will be replaced by an addition that will include fabrication and clean tech labs, collaborative learning areas and classrooms.
Other additions to the school will include one on the east side for science classrooms, and another on the south side for an activity center with health classrooms and gyms. These areas have already been fenced off for safety reasons, impacting parking at the school. Watch for more parking information before the school year starts.
The current high school is being expanded so that 9th grades can join with 10-12 graders for a comprehensive four-year high school experience beginning in the fall of 2016.
Diamondhead Education Center
Construction began in June 2015 to improve the lower level of Diamondhead Education Center. The primary changes will include more space for early childhood classes. Adult basic education classes and the district's Welcome Center will be moved to the upper level.
With 12th graders moving to Burnsville High School for the full day, the current Senior Campus will be transformed to host district administration, improved professional learning spaces, and adult basic education. That work will be completed during the summer of 2016.
Regular updates will be posted throughout the construction project. You can follow these and other aspects of Vision One91 at www.isd191.org/vision191.