By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus
It’s now easy to see that our Main Amp, Theater, & Lobby Renovation is underway! Fencing has gone up on the edge of our field hockey turf and the Main Amp is turning into a construction site with ceiling tiles coming out, flats being removed, and everything inside on the way to the dumpster or storage. It will be a huge, exciting job with a lot of change on the Goshen Campus this year, but in the end, I’m sure we’ll all be excited by our sparkling new facility!
As part of reworking our logistics during construction, on Wednesday, we had our first fire drill with the recent changes and rerouted all the kids to new exits and locations. It went off flawlessly, and the kids did a great job adjusting to new expectations. We devised a schedule so that Kim Rash, Bob Bertke, Faith Murphy, and our Preschoolers can share some spaces once the construction gets noisy. Likewise, after-school drama rehearsals have also moved to the Multi-Purpose Room. It’s certainly a year for flexibility and patience!
The culmination of the beginning of this journey was our exciting groundbreaking ceremony this Thursday. We had local dignitaries on hand such as Prospect Mayor John Evans, Judge-Executive of Oldham County David Voegele, reporters from the Oldham Era, and, of course, the Wyvern mascot. All of our students were given “hard hats” for the day courtesy of Buffalo Construction, and all received a special “dirt dessert” after the groundbreaking. After some words of welcome from Alexandra and a little history of the Main Amp from me, the shovels hit the dirt to thunderous applause from the kids! We really are on our way!
We also had our annual Transition to High School Coffee for our 7th and 8th graders and all Middle School parents on Tuesday. We had a great turnout and an excellent panel of current High School students, teachers, and parents who talked about our High School and took questions from the parents. A lot of great testimonials were shared about the High School experience, many centering on the talents of the remarkable faculty. Special thanks to the students Stevaun Butler, Amelia Dimas, Osaz Omoruyi, and Maggie McGraw, as well as parents Suzy Lancaster, Justin Gilbert, and history teacher (and parent) Ralph Marshall, for attending and sharing their experiences. At the end, each was asked by moderator Bob Bertke to sum up the High School in one word – not an easy task. “Challenging, Creative, Community, and…Cool” were some of the words chosen. How fitting! And, as a reminder, our Admissions Open House at the High School is on Tuesday, October 30th at 6:30 p.m.