Major Construction Projects at WCHS Near Finish Line

Published 07/31 2014 05:36PM

Updated 07/31 2014 08:26PM

WASHINGTON, Ill. – A multi-section construction project is trucking along at Washington Community High School.

The renovations stretch from the football field to the classroom.

Dr. Kyle Freeman, the WCHS Superintendent, said the school’s student enrollment continues to climb.

“As with many high schools, we have a need for space.”

Dr. Freeman said students will notice three major changes once classes kick back into gear.

One of those changes is a new wrestling room.

“This room will be utilized for health and wellness for our PE classes during the day,” explained Freeman. “In the evenings it will also be a wrestling practice area.”

He said this multipurpose room is the perfect way to feed the educational need of the school’s growing population.

However, two of the major outdoor additions are grabbing the attention of many community members.

“They're out in the open a little more and people ask about them more frequently.”

The school’s tennis courts are being revamped as well. Administrators said those upgrades are definitely needed.

There will also be an added tennis court bringing the total to eight.

“[It] will allow us to host IHSAA events,” Freeman said, “[and] things that we couldn't host in the past. It is very nice to be able to do that on your home turf. They often say "home field advantage" and there's a reason for that.”

Students will also notice a turf football field, but it won’t just benefit the football team.

Soccer, softball, baseball, and marching band practices and events can now be held on the field. Gym classes will have access to it as well.

The 2014-15 school year will also be Dr. Freeman’s first year as the superintendent.

“It's just part of what you love about going into education to see the growth, to see the development of a building, [and] to know that you're providing great things for your students.”


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