Column: New building for ALC, gymnastics is on the way
By Barry Fischer, District 518 WORTHINGTON -- District 518 will be welcoming a new building in the spring of 2019. This building will house the hymnastics program and the students of the Area Learning Center (ALC). Both programs have been operati...
By Barry Fischer, District 518
WORTHINGTON - District 518 will be welcoming a new building in the spring of 2019. This building will house the hymnastics program and the students of the Area Learning Center (ALC). Both programs have been operating in buildings that were not designed for their current inhabitants.
The ALC is housed in the West Building, and it was designed for elementary-age students. During the day, the ALC runs programs for both students in high school as well as the middle school. It is also the home of the district’s night school program (Monday-Thursday, September-May) and Summer School (Monday-Friday, throughout the month of June). Current students from the ALC were asked what it would mean to them to have a building built and designed for them.
Junior Manuel Mendez stated having a new building will mean a lot to students. Having this new building, students will feel more welcomed, and it will make them more excited to walk into school every day. The teachers will be able to do more with the students, and the students will be able to experience new things.
Senior Ha Moo, said: "I am not sure what to expect. I am excited about having a parking lot (students currently park on the street or in the lot by the softball fields) and a room for the library (library books are currently stored in cabinets in the hallway)."
Junior Jose Jimenez: "I’ve been here for four years, and in those four years I have felt claustrophobic. With what I have seen of the new school, I feel like I can breathe, and it will remove the gloominess the current building has. Plus, hopefully the restrooms will be better."
The new Area Learning Center will have a few noticeable improvements. The gym will be full-sized, which will work with the gymnastics center. The gym will also offer Trojan athletics much-needed practice space for the dance team and other teams. Along with the upgrade in the gym, the science classroom will be built to allow full chemistry classes.
Finally the new facility is looking for a name. District 518 has a short poll available for students, parents, and community members to contribute names for the building. It can be viewed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ALCNAME .
Barry Fischer is District 518's ALC/VIBE Online Principal.