YAKIMA, Wash.--For students and staff at Eisenhower
High School going back to school may not be so bad.
Ryan Froula spent nearly 20 years teaching at the
old Eisenhower High School building, which has been there since the 1950s. Now
standing in a new modern classroom, Mr. Froula isn't sad to leave the old "Ike"
"I was in a portable at Eisenhower that was jammed
and enclosed, and it had all kinds of issues," said Froula. "And it didn't have
the technology readily available."
"So much more benefits to it. and they added
classes on as well," said Leah Shannon, a student.
The brand new 327,000 square foot building is
almost complete and will be ready for students next week when the new school
The auditorium fits almost 500 more people than the
old one. The large commons area connects to an outside courtyard and sustainable
as well as accessible technology can be found in every classroom.
"Their new classroom furniture with technology that
works and by that I mean ultra short throw projectors being connected to the
computers, the teachers ability to connect to the Internet and essentially bring
the world into that classroom," said Jim Wright, the Construction Planning
Teachers hope the contemporary feel will influence
students to be more proactive about their education.
"Excitement of a new school and being able to come
here might keep kids in the building a little bit longer, might not try and take
off and skip out and get themselves in trouble with absenteeism and so on." said
School district staff said the public can rent out
the theater or common area for their own personal events. You can take a tour of
the building on the day of the official dedication October 10th.