Megan Ferguson ‘19: Being built by Barton Malow, the long anticipated new high school has begun construction. Breaking ground on August 22nd, the excitement began to build throughout the community.
“Though I’m mad about the fact I won’t be able to go, I still think it’s a good opportunity for future students and the community,” Hannah Simpson ‘18 said.
While many are excited, most don’t know the components of the building, including the time line, new features, or size.
According to Bernie Osebold, Romeo High School Principal, the new school will have three different sections, each with its own counselor. Inside, will be a bigger gym and auditorium, a new dining commons for lunch and a two floor academic commons that can be used for a variety of reasons including tutoring and class work. In order to eliminate traffic and accidents, there will be an individual parent loop, a bus loop, and student parking. All three of these drop off and parking areas will be accessible with sidewalks attaching to the main entrance of the school building. Certain aspects, including a pool and an auxiliary gym, will not be included, but will remain at the old high school. Currently the RETC (Romeo Engineering and Technology Center) is approximately 90,200 square feet. As the construction continues, roughly 150,200 square feet will be added, making the new high school close to 242,400 square feet.
“I like the idea of having a new high school,” Ruby Weber ‘19 said. “I think it will be nice to have all the students together instead of being separate with the RETC.”
Along with the new high school, a 9th grade academy will be put in place, designed to help give underclassmen the opportunity to get into a projected career path early on.
Mixed reviews have been heard from students, teachers, and parents as to the benefits and disadvantages of this setup.
“I think it’s going to be a good idea because there will be less people in the school so smaller class sizes,” Haley Golembiewski ‘20 said. “It will also give 9th graders the high school experience before they come to the actual high school, overall I’m excited for the new school.”
As long as everything runs smoothly and efficiently, the new building is projected to be completed the fall of 2019. By 2021, all renovation to any school building is set to be complete. A new era has begun for the community and for Romeo High School.