[caption id=”attachment_925” align=”aligncenter” width=”348”] LDCSS board members, building committee members, campaign team members, the student council co-president and social co-ordinator were among those who attended the March 26 technical arts wing ground-breaking ceremony.[/caption]
A ground-breaking ceremony was held at London District Christian Secondary School (LDCSS) March 26 to celebrate its technical arts wing expansion.
Members of the campaign team, building team, school board, staff and students attended the ceremony, as well as some community members.
Principal Dwayne Bulthuis says there was excitement in the air and a sense of satisfaction as a long conversation has been moved forward through the school’s successful Building in Faith fundraising campaign for the new wing.
The technical arts wing is an exciting program improvement for the school, he says.
The expansion will include a physics room and renovation to the existing physics room to create a new computer lab.
With the expansion, the school will have new course offerings with a focus on construction technology, technical design and integrated technologies.
Bulthuis says the school currently has limited technological education options, and with the expansion they will be able to fill a program gap and offer a richer program for students who may be considering going to college or taking an apprenticeship in the skilled trades.
“We built this to really serve our community better,” he tells the OACS News, noting the focus is to offer the types of courses students are wanting and needing.
He says they hope the new program will be a “real blessing” for current students, noting they didn’t build the new wing for growth purposes which would be an “added blessing.”
While on the fundraising campaign trail, Bulthuis says they have heard anecdotally from school families that their younger children will benefit from having the course options when they attend high school.
The Building in Faith campaign goal is $1.5 million, and Bulthuis says they are “very confident of meeting and exceeding goal.” The trigger point for moving forward was when 75 per cent of the funds were raised.
The construction is underway, with the foundation up and more work planned. It is anticipated that the new wing will be ready for September.
Bulthuis says the school has an ad out to hire a new teacher and students are very interested in taking the new program’s courses.
The technical arts wing is one piece of an overall picture of how to revitalize the school’s programs and the building to accommodate those changes, says Bulthuis.
The school has two additional construction phases planned for the future. The next phase is a new gymnasium, and the third phase includes a multipurpose student commons area and converting the old gymnasium into classrooms.
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