Updating Garinger

Garinger High School was built in 1959 and the school does not offer the most effective learning environment for students in 2017.

"Being able to adjust is an important quality here at Garinger High School.  Currently, many parts of the school have not been touched since 1959," said Tomeka Barbour, assistant principal.  "The character of the buildings is great for nostalgia; however, renovations are key to ensuring our students are thriving in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning."

The bond referendum on the Nov. 7 ballot would help bring the school up to current standards by renovating some original classrooms and building a new kitchen and cafeteria.

Among the challenges at Garinger:

  • Students who are English learners in Maria Lee's class are in a room that is too small and too noisy – it has a heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit that makes talking at a normal volume impossible.
  • The Exceptional Children in Katlyn Meyers' class need extra support for life skills in addition to classroom work. The room leaks and is cluttered. It lacks a sink, bathroom facilities and a kitchen area that could provide her students with practice in the life skills they will need after graduation.
  • Computer science classes taught by Tonisha Purcell are held in a classroom originally built for a home economics class, not a computer lab. Computers are six to a table creating overcrowding. Wires run all around the classroom to power the equipment and provide internet access.

"Having to deal with repetitive leaks in various classrooms and hallways that need more attention than patchwork, classrooms that are not adequately equipped to handle full class sizes, and antiquated common spaces are the norm at Garinger," said Barbour. "Our students deserve to learn in a space that meets their basic needs for safety and comfort."

The kitchen and cafeteria at Garinger are also vintage 1959.

"Renovating the kitchen is greatly needed because it is currently not conductive to serving the volume of students we serve during each of our four lunch periods," says Maurice Peterson, cafeteria manager.  "Renovations would help with the overcrowding in the serving lines.  Relocating the grease trap and three-compartment sink to the dish area would ensure functionality of the school.  The cafeteria could benefit from upgraded student restrooms, more student seating areas, and restructuring the serving and checkout lines so that students could be served faster and more efficiently."