By the end of the school year, a greenhouse will sit between the North Bend School District’s tennis courts and the Bridges Alternative Pathways building. “(Bridges) has been looking for an opportunity for hands-on activities and connecting science in different parts of the program,” said Kevin Bogatin, superintendent for the North Bend School District.
“We were looking for an alternative for our kids at Bridges and thought a greenhouse could be used in several different content areas,” said Jake Smith, Bridges Alternative Pathways principal. “Kids are helping with the construction. We are able to use (the greenhouse) for possible business classes, definitely our science classes, and we talked about having hydroponics, so we’d have fish."
The 20x36 greenhouse was purchased for $15,000, though Smith said once finished the project will cost around $20,000. He said the extra cost came from getting permits through the City of North Bend and working on the foundation.
“The thermostat will be set so when it gets too hot, there will be cross-ventilation and when it cools down those vents will close off to hold heat in the night,” he said. “The hopes are to start planting things, instead of April or May, we will be able to plant in January or February. We’ve talked about doing hanging baskets for graduation, some produce, whatever the need comes up, as well as using it for our science classes.”
For Bogatin, he said it will be exciting once the greenhouse is finished and can be used. Until then, he laughed, saying, “It still feels a little distant since I just see a dirt spot right now.”
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