For many, back-to-school season means shopping for new clothes and necessary supplies. But after the shooting at Reynolds High School in June, the last month before school starts again will be dedicated to creating a new and safe space for students in the school’s gym complex.
“We wanted students to return to a place of hope and vision so they can move beyond any fears they may have,” said lead architect Deb France in a statement.
Reynolds School District is considering plans to fully renovate the high school gym complex. The renovations include furnishings in the locker rooms, public restrooms and lobby areas. Oh Planning & Design Architecture and other local firms are donating funds, materials and labor to the project.
The architecture firm had been designing improvements for the locker rooms, but the renovations were put on hold after the June 10 shooting, which left two freshman students dead, including the gunman. Now the school district wants to get back on track before the school year starts.
In addition to the locker, the rear hallway will be renovated and the lobby will be updated. New security doors, trophy cases, floors and ceilings will be installed in the lobby.
“The gym complex serves the entire community and we wanted the gym complex to be a place that welcomes and honors the important work that takes place there,” said Superintendent Linda Florence. “It will provide opportunities for the community to heal and recover from the events of June 10.”
The public is welcome to contribute to the cause too, both material and cash donations. For more information, you can visit the Reynolds Education Foundation website.