School Planning & Management magazine recently awarded the school with one of nine “Impact on Learning” Awards. While eight other facilities from across the nation were recognized for either their historic preservation, non-traditional learning spaces or for their specialized learning spaces, SAHS was the only facility recognized for its outstanding job for effective transformation in the renovation of a school.
The panel of judges cited SAHS for having a more inviting and safe environment and noted that the instructional spaces have proven to be more conducive to student-oriented instructional programs and methods. According to School Planning and Management magazine, the judges created the new category for the school because of its renovation.
The judges noted that the school is one of the most remarkable transformation projects because they captured the nuggets of value and pulled them through to the present. They also praised the facility’s design by saying it succeeds on multiple levels and that it reflects the heights that West Virginia has attained in school planning.
A second recognition for SAHS comes from American School & University, a publication that serves the nation’s K-12 and higher-education administrators responsible for the planning, design, construction, maintenance and management of education facilities. The Kanawha County school is among the 258 facilities from around the country to be profiled in the publication’s 2004 Architectural Portfolio issue, which celebrates the best in school design. The Architectural Portfolio issue will be printed in November.
“The new facility constructed for St. Albans High School students encourages academic achievement while at the same time invites community involvement,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “This facility is a first-class facility and serves as a model for West Virginia and for the nation.”
Officials broke ground for the new high school in March 2002, and opened its doors to the students and community in August 2003.
For more information about St. Albans High School, visit http://sahs.kana.k12.wv.us/.