By Richard Irwin, Staff Writer
Even the blackboards at Rowland High School are “smart.” And it’s more than just the name of the fancy digital whiteboards found in the new science and business wings at the Rowland Unified school.
While the noise of construction has finally abated at the local high school, teachers and students said all the bother was worth the new facilities that opened this school year.
Students and staff have settled into their new digs over the past couple weeks. And the reviews have been positive.
Students gathered in the computer labs located in the renovated E wing. Teachers had taught last year in portable classrooms lined up outside the Raider gym.
Most of the portables are now gone, letting the Rowland instructors return to their usual classrooms. Which have become unusual with the all the technology crammed into them during the massive remodeling project.
“We gutted the whole wing and rebuilt it with new utilities and modern technology,” said Principal Mitch Brunyer.
Business teacher Caroline Manookian was learning how to use her smart board. The new digital projectors help instructors reach the tech-savvy students. The Raiders study everything from personal finance to advanced accounting in the business department.
“It’s really nice to have them all facing me now, before they sat around tables,” Manookian said. “The new furniture is much more efficient with plenty of room for their books. Plus, there’s lot of storage.”
Students found 160 new Mac computers bought for the remodeled classrooms.
“The computers will also be used for the online testing now required by the state this year,” said Brunyer.
On the other side of the building, the Rainbow Preschool was open for business.
“We’ve waited more than 30 years for this remodeling,” said preschool director Patricia Hakim earlier. “But it was worth the wait!”
For more, read Rich Irwin’s story RAIDERS.