As Logan High celebrates its centennial year it continues to get a face lift. An expansion and upgrade of the 100-year-old school is on track and on budget, according to Logan City School District Superintendent Frank Schofield.
“We are on track for our July completion date,” he explains. “So the building will be ready for occupancy, full school, for next school year. Phase 1 opened the start of the school year but there have been a few little tweaks here and there. The auditorium, for example, has been one where it’s been an ongoing process with the sound system.”
Despite that, Schofield continues, the auditorium is quickly getting attention throughout the state. The school even recently hosted a concert by recording artist David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco.
Currently, the majority of the construction at the high school has been on the west side of the school.
“The steel work has all been done for that section. They have been running the conduit and doing the interior work of putting up the classroom walls and getting all the facilities ready there. That section is pretty advanced and a lot of the exterior rock has been going on.”
The commons area has also seen a lot of progress after it was completely gutted at the beginning of the school year. The final phase of steel work is expected to be done by the end of January. And once that skeleton is completed, the construction crews can begin putting up walls and then focus on finishing work.
“There is still a lot of work to do but everything is going forward well,” Schofield exclaims. “We continue to make little adjustments as we get feedback from teachers and staff from portions of the building that haven’t been completed yet.
“It has been nice to work with the staff and identify what we want to do differently and how we can provide adjustments in the building design.”
Schofield says he has been impressed with how well the students and teachers have adapted to the construction, and some of the challenges it poses for learning.
“Our staff has been great. They have adapted to changes and are still able to provide great experiences for our students.”
Some of those changes were precipitated by December precipitation. After a series of rain storms last month, leaks were discovered in some areas of the school which forced some classrooms to be shuffled, especially in the arts.
“Our district staff, our teachers and the construction company have been very good at finding appropriate ways to help still provide instructional resources and instructional spaces, even when there are some unexpected delays or problems because of weather.”
Schofield says dealing with construction was actually much more difficult last year as students were in a closer proximity to major construction, sometimes just through the walls of their classrooms.
“In terms of noise, disruption to learning activities,” Schofield says, “this year is nothing like it was last year. It’s been very positive. When I go over the school and I’m in classrooms, I rarely am hearing things that are disruptive to the teaching and learning processes.”
Schofield says that besides the new areas that are being built, some of the older areas are getting a face lift, both inside and out.
“This summer we’ll finalize the face lift portions of the south hall of the building. Those rooms won’t be remodeled, but they will get new paint and new flooring. They will get a face lift to match the rest of the building.”
Schofield says celebrations of the school’s centennial will continue throughout the year in connection with other planned events, such as Junior Prom, Senior Ball and most certainly graduation. He says the school is also considering creating a time capsule to celebrate the school’s first 100 years.