In the last three months, Hamilton county schools invested over a million dollars for expansions and upgrades in three different schools. Soddy Daisy's Comprehensive Developmental Classroom got a 30,000-dollar facelift to better accommodate it's students. The manager of capital projects for Hamilton county schools says the rooms are now wheelchair accessible and complete with a kitchen facility. "With the CDC program, that's just ever-changing dynamic and trying to keep up with competing programs," says Justin Witt.
While enrollment was down, Soddy Daisy high was working to keep up and the Howard school spent 90,000 dollars for a state-of-the-art cosmetology facility. Adrian Hunter teaches the cosmetology program and tells us "it was old outdated equipment that had been here for at least 30 years... 30 years or more. So we were working with things that were no longer working."
With cutting edge equipment like spa chairs and manicure table, the program can now accommodate the students that previously were overcrowded. "We do acrylic, full set nails, fill-ins, anything you can do at a regular salon," adds Hunter.
But, the school with the biggest expansion came with a million dollar price tag to create room for a brand new class of juniors at the STEM school. "We just outgrew this space and we knew it was coming," says Witt. By next year, Witt says the school's building will be able to meet the demand of enrollment. "It was around 75 students per class. So by next year, when the seniors come in, you're looking at about 300 students plus or minus. It's been a good program here at the STEM school."
by Mikaya Thurmond