A New Ferndale High School
Ferndale High School was originally built in the 1930’s and has added buildings and extensions ever since. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) building, which was once the maintenance building, leaks and is inadequate for today’s technology needs. Expansion of new innovative CTE programs to train future generations of workers is not possible in the old building.
Why replace Ferndale High School?
Several factors contributed to the Community Task Force’s recommendation to replace, rather than remodel, Ferndale High, namely:
- Safety concerns––there are nearly 100 external doors that access learning spaces
- Modern buildings are better able to support STEM learning and CTE, which is crucial at the high school level for 21st-century job preparation
- Rebuilding is more cost effective than remodeling
- The district will see significant savings in maintenance and utilities each year, freeing up funds for other facilities projects or educational programs
Our High School is Beyond Repair
“It didn’t take me long on the high school tour to realize that renovation wasn’t going to cut it. We’re trying to give them a 21st century education in a classroom that’s over 80 years old, really challenging to do so. Yes, we wrestled with a renovation piece…it didn’t make financial sense. It wasn’t a good use of taxpayer dollars.”Wendy Lawrence