LOGAN – By 2018, Logan High School will be unrecognizable. The school is set for some major construction, with demolitions beginning this summer, and construction/renovation to begin next January.
To start with, this summer the Logan School District plans on tearing down the Career Technology Education Building, as well as the lobby of the main building. Once this is complete, they will move to phase one of three. They will start by building up the area around the existing parts. This will turn into a brand new entrance with the main office located directly in front of it.
Principal Shane Ogden explained, “It is pretty difficult with the office being up here and the main entrance being way down there. That won’t happen anymore, it will now be a safe and secure entrance into our building.”
Once this as well as some other classrooms are completed, phase two will begin. This will require the current main office, science wing, and math wing (the oldest part of the building) to be completed gutted. They will then renovate it and continue to build it over to the English building.
Phase three will then be to knock down the English building and create additional parking for students.
“It is anticipated that it will take about three years. That is probably going to be about 3 ½ years from now,” added Ogden.
Due to the length of the project, teachers will have to be shuffled to fit the school needs. To accommodate, some teachers from the Career Technology Education building will be moved to the English building, while others will go to the basement.
However, they are not the only ones to be affected. While the full internal use of the building is still not known, Ogden explained that this process will affect everyone, but that they just need to remain flexible while this happens. After all, these changes will ensure the building “will be earthquake sound and adequate for the learning of today and the learning of the future.”
He hopes these changes will also help change the way teaching happens. The administration brought in a facilitator to talk to both students and teachers in order to understand the best way to use the space. From these talks, Ogden hopes that the new spaces will provide teachers with the flexibility to teach in the ways they feel comfortable and have found success with, but also allow students the freedom and context to learn in the way they do.
Thus, he believes the new space will provide progressive thinking and learning in education.