The Bowling Green Board of Education approved the first step in the Bowling Green High School construction process on August 14, 2017, budgeting $27.8 million for the first of a two-phase project. The school, with the exception of the arena will be completely rebuilt over the next several years.
Kevin Locke of Ross Tarrant Architects presented initial plans at the August 2017 Board of Education meeting, laying out a draft of two phases of construction. Design development will be completed by the end of the year and construction is anticipated to begin in June 2018. Phase one is expected to be completed by early 2020.
LINK TO ROSS TARRANT PRESENTATION
The priorities of the overall project include removing circular walls, adding natural light to all classrooms, increasing energy efficiency, displaying and honoring the school’s traditions and history, improving traffic flow around the school, and providing a cutting-edge learning environment for future generations.
Phase one of the plan will add approximately 90,000 gross square feet to the school with a two-story structure built from the existing school, around the pool area toward Rockingham Lane. The first phase will add 80% of total classroom space for the project and includes the LEAD Academy, the Medical Arts Academy, English, math, social studies, science, special education, English language learners departments, as well as band, choir, and orchestra classrooms. If the budget permits, a kitchen will also be added during phase one.
Phase two of the project, which will begin as funding allows, will include classroom space for world languages, computer technology, art, business education, family and consumer science, and JROTC. Common student spaces will also be added in the second phase, including a two-story commons area, a 700-800 seat auditorium, media center, auxiliary gym, administrative offices, youth services center and possibly natatorium.
Although it may be several years before a new school is completed, through local support and the additional nickel tax, our community will soon see construction begin on the future Bowling Green High School.