District celebrates completion of STEM Lab [w/video]

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 11:15am

Completed project means updated school, expanded learning opportunities

Students, parents, staff and community members came together Sept. 19 to celebrate the completion of the STEM Lab renovation and reconstruction project.

The two-year, multi-phased project - made possible thanks to community support of the 2016 Bond Program - built about 50,000 square feet of new learning space and renovated the remaining portion of the nearly 50-year-old building. 

STEM Lab Ribbon Cutting - September 19, 2019

The student-led ceremony featured remarks from district and community representatives as well as parents and staff. All praised the new, modernized look of the building that served the district as Northeast Junior High from 1971 to 2003. The event was also a chance to reflect on the 10th anniversary of STEM Lab, opened in 2010, as the Five Star District’s first STEM-curriculum magnet school designed to draw students from across the district interested in a problem-based learning environment.

Watch A Ribbon Cutting Photo Slideshow

The completed $28 million renovation and reconstruction provides a 21st-century learning environment to support the school’s unique curriculum and allowed STEM to expand its enrollment to more than 700 students beginning this school year.