Eastern High Launches $31 Million Construction and Renovation Project

Posted: May 17, 2012

The students and staff of Eastern High School, 12400 Old Shelbyville Road, along with Superintendent Donna Hargens and community leaders today broke ground for a $31 million construction and renovation project at the 62-year-old school. The project work includes a media center addition, a new auditorium, and a new “main street” corridor to improve connectivity throughout the building, consolidation of the administrative offices, new ceilings, lights, hallway tile, and a full HVAC replacement.

With an enrollment of more than 2,100 students, Eastern High has a strong tradition of excellence in academics and athletics and is a cornerstone of the Middletown community. The renovation will reconfigure space on each floor and ultimately add 13 new, much-needed classrooms with larger instructional and resource spaces. Some of the new classroom space will be designed to house the school’s Business and Information Technology Professional Career Theme.

The addition of the new media center will create a more technology-friendly and user-friendly space for students and classes, and it will also provide a home for the School of Business storefront/coffee shop. The new auditorium will seat an entire class of 600 students. (The current auditorium seats approximately 325 students.) The auditorium will also have an outside entrance, rather than requiring visitors to walk through the building to gain access.

A “main street” corridor will connect the new structures to the main building and gym, allowing students to access all areas while remaining inside the building. New tile and paint will revive older areas of the building, and a completely renovated HVAC system will support a more comfortable environment.

Renovation on the front of the building will give Eastern a more recognizable street presence and improve parent access to services.

The project began in April of 2012 and will be completed in August of 2013.