“This is a big day,” shared American Experience Academy teacher Angus McDougell at the recent groundbreaking ceremony on the site of the soon-to-be-built aquaponics greenhouse at the Crestwood High School campus. “It’s been five years in the making.”
As administrators and school board members looked on, current students donned hard hats and safety vests, posed in front of the Eclipse Company’s equipment at the site where the greenhouse will soon reside. Several former students returned home from college or took time away from jobs to attend the early morning event on the chilly Friday morning.
According to CHS Principal Dave McMahon, the greenhouse materials have been received by the district and are ready to be assembled as soon as site work is completed. Once the ground had been leveled, cement work will begin. According to Academy Environmental Science teacher Andy Brown, while students are not allowed to participate in the construction process, they have been able to ask questions and learn about the process from Eclipse Company, who will erect the structure. “Once it’s safe to occupy, we’ll get to work setting up systems and planting seeds.” According to McMahon, if everything goes smoothly, the structure will be ready by Thanksgiving.