A new state of the art media and science center is now open at Orland High School, just 2 months after flooding postponed the big day. Faculty and community members gathered at the school's new building Wednesday to get a glimpse of the $5 million facility. The 20,000 square foot building features a media center and library with new computers and study rooms for students. It also has 8 classrooms, including 3 science labs, and 2 rooms for home economics with 6 different kitchen stations in each. Although the public is just now getting to see the building for the first time, students have been using the classrooms since Monday and getting their hands on all the new equipment the facility has to offer.
Orland High Principal Jeff Scheele says, "Students are thrilled. They come in, their eyes are wide open. They're wandering around. They want to go upstairs, look in every classroom. They're really excited about the new library. They're getting a lot of use out of it already."
The two story building took a little more than a year to complete, and was set to open a few months ago but had to be put on hold after a faulty fire sprinkler flooded the first floor. The media and science center replaced several outdated portable classrooms, and staff members are happy with the change.
"Not only now can we boast about our excellent academic program, our wide variety of choices in the vocational field, but now we can also boast that we have the most modern facilities in Glenn County," says Scheele.
This is only one of several new projects Orland Unified has in the works for its school campuses. C.K. Price Middle School is also getting a new media center, which is scheduled to be up and running by the beginning of next school year.