Leyden High School District 212
ICI is concurrently underway on significant enhancements to both East and West High Schools within Leyden HSD 212.
Beginning in May 2017, ICI is creating a new safe and secure main student entrance with a dedicated bus lane. The new lane and entry will allow students to move safely and easily between buses and the school entry.
Once inside the school, students will experience a large new cafeteria and student commons area. With a capacity of 650 students, the new cafeteria will allow the District to reduce the number of lunch periods from five to three; ultimately improving the students’ schedules.
The new cafeteria will feature a mezzanine level offering a student-run coffee bar as well as athletic offices and meeting rooms. The project incorporates several sustainable features including a green roof area. A greenhouse will also be connected to the cafeteria – providing an additional “hands on” learning environment for science classes.
The project also incorporates an expansion housing a new aquatic center. The facility will include two pools – once for competitive swimming and a second for diving and swim lessons. Patrons will have access to an elevated seating area.
Also included in the expansion is a fine arts wing. The new wing will bring the choral and instrumental music rooms and the practice rooms together. The wing will also house additional multipurpose space and an additional classroom.
Lastly, a new preschool and daycare will be included in the addition.
Once these new spaces are created, ICI will transform several existing areas within the building, allowing the District to improve their usage. A new girls locker room will be build adjacent to the East Leyden fieldhouse. Consequentially, four new science labs will be built in the current location of the girls locker room. The existing East Leyden pool is also being renovated and converted into a new wrestling practice room.
One of the most significant enhancements to the school is a courtyard that will be created by the new addition. It will allow students, staff and administration to be outdoors during the school day.
Construction at both East and West High Schools is sequenced throughout the coming two years and is scheduled for completion in time for the start of the 2019 school year.