All students are instantly ecstatic when finals end and it is time to enjoy being a teenager during the summer time. On May 31, Lake Central students left for the summer knowing that coming back next year would be a completely different experience from previous years in regard to the building and commuting around the school from class to class.
Lake Central’s entire school corporation was overjoyed upon receiving the news that we would be remodeling the high school to accommodate the massive student body, but the first thing current students thought was: How is this going to benefit me? We look at it and wonder, will it be even more difficult to get around the school, and will the school become even more crowded because of construction limiting where we may go in the school?
Will it personally benefit current students now? No. Getting around the school will be more difficult, but the gist of it all is that this isn’t about the current students, but for the future children to enroll.
Some current students themselves might not even have to worry about being shoved in E hall during their senior year, depending on how young they are, so the class of 2016 might be the first senior class to benefit entirely from the new high school.
Will building be a pain for students in the next upcoming years? Yes, but as all Lake Central High School students know, navigating the school, no matter what the conditions are, can be easily overcome as demonstrated in previous years.
What will happen after construction is finished? The entire property is being remodeled, other than the freshman center and the cafeteria. The students will have access to a three-story academic building designed ideally for grades 10-12, a new media arts center, a new pool and gymnasium, and much more magnificent academic advancement that I personally believe more high schools should have access to.
Voting yes was one of the best decisions this community could make when deciding how to better the education of the students in the Tri-Town area. This is a necessary function for our growing community because the high school is gaining too many kids to hold with our limited capacity.
Once the new high school is complete, Lake Central will be brought to a whole new level that those who voted “no” could have never expected.
Caelainn Crnjak, of Dyer, is a student at Lake Central High School. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's and not necessarily that of The Times.