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New Cleveland High Science Center set to open

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CLEVELAND, BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB)-  A majestic new building on the Cleveland High School campus has a collegiate look and feel, and that's no accident. The Max Carroll Science Center, named after a longtime School Board member, is designed to make high school students ready for college science work.

Director of Schools Dr. Martin Ringstaff said, "Cleveland City is taking a bold step forward with this building.  You can't help but be impressed when you walk through these doors.  You can see the excitement on the faces of the students and teachers.  We're really blessed that the School Board and other local leaders have gotten behind a facility like this."

Gone are the days of antiquated microscopes, rickety desks and dusty chalkboards.  The new Cleveland High Science Center provides cutting-edge technology and plenty of space for experiments, research and computer-assisted learning.  Senior Andrea Tipton said, "Until now, we've had to share classrooms and computers, and if you got a microscope it might not work right, the light bulb might be burned out.  This is amazing.  Incoming freshmen should feel really lucky that they'll get four years to use these classrooms."

Like most new school buildings, this is energy-efficient, and Cleveland school officials took it one step further. The solar panels produce electricity, and power costs are kept in check by automatic lighting systems.  Principal Autumn O'Bryan credited teachers, parents and local college professors, who brainstormed together to create a perfect learning environment.  "It looks like college, doesn't it?" she says.  "That's the idea.  Teachers have the tools they need and all the modern conveniences.  Every classroom is bright and welcoming.  We're making the best use of energy and the environment, that was important to everyone involved in the building and planning process."

With new manufacturers and businesses moving in and around Cleveland, the city's high school is now in perfect position to train the area's emerging workforce in science, technology, engineering and math, and they emphasize it takes more than just a new building.

Principal O'Bryan said, "It's not just about a building.  We have really outstanding teachers. And from the reaction we've gotten from parents and folks who are moving in the area, this is going to take Cleveland High to the next level.  We will have a science program second to none."

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