In September, crews began clearing land for the nearly 1,150-square-foot greenhouse. Overall, the project is “progressing well,” said Ted Rescorla, the school district’s director of operations.
The contractor received the greenhouse framing at the end of November, and they’re working on framing the walls, installing windows and getting the structure enclosed so work can begin on the interior. The foundation and concrete have been poured, and the electric and water components have been “plumbed in,” Rescorla said.
Since it will take 3-4 weeks to frame the greenhouse, Rescorla said the space is slated to be available for use in mid-January.
The greenhouse is being constructed on the south side of the high school, west of the school’s media center. The project is slated to cost about $345,000, and it will be funded through voter-approved bond funds.
It’s estimated that up to 500 students will use the greenhouse each semester.
The greenhouse will also allow classes to do more long-term experiments and investigations, said GHHS biology teacher Roger Glass. Previously, students were limited to using grow lights in the back corner of Glass’ classroom.
With the new greenhouse, Glass said they’ll have room to grow herbs and native plants, and start garden vegetables, which students can take home and use to create their “own gardens and landscapes.”
“It may also inspire the kids to work at one of the local nurseries in the area and eventually consider a career in horticulture,” Glass said. “It is just a fantastic resource from the community to these kids.”