Eastern High School gets $31 million renovation


by Johnny Archer


Posted on May 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 15 at 1:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A $31 million construction project is underway at Eastern High School in Louisville.

A ground breaking ceremony was held Tuesday morning at the school with students, school officials and first year Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens.

“For the past 62 years, the schools strong tradition of academics has flourished in a building that’s not designed to house its current 2,100 student population and accommodate for 21st century learning,” Dr. Hargens announced at the ceremony.

The project includes a new media center, a new auditorium, 13 new classrooms, ceilings, lights, tiles and a full HVAC replacement.

Eastern principal Lana Kaelin says the project will help alleviate student congestion in the hallways.

“When you’re in the building everyday with 2,100 students you feel what they feel which is crowded,” says Kaelin.

Eastern senior Robert Cobbs agrees.

“We walk through the hallways with no backpacks,” says Cobbs. “So, it’s very hard getting to your locker and everything is very clustered.”

The project is expected to be completed in August 2013.