Worthing HS celebrates construction milestone with steel-signing ceremony

Worthing High School stakeholders gathered Thursday morning to celebrate the construction of the school’s new 21st century addition and had the opportunity to sign a steel beam that will be used in the building.

The school is the first within the 2012 bond program to go vertical, with the steel framework already well underway.

“Today is a big day – a day to celebrate,” said Worthing Principal John Modest. “We’ve waited for this for a long time, but now the community and our students can see the construction is underway, and the project is really moving forward.”

Attendees were entertained with holiday selections by Worthing’s new choir, and heard from several special guests including HISD District 9 Trustee Wanda Adams.

“This is an awesome idea because this neighborhood is strong and vital, just like that beam,” Adams said. “This represents a new beginning for Worthing, and I’m excited to see the progress and the revitalization of the community.”

The new wing is part of a new $30 million facility that will accommodate 1,100 to 1,300 students. It features four flexible learning centers, three CTE classrooms, and new spaces for administration, student guidance, athletics, and dining. Design plans also include abundant natural light throughout and outdoor courtyards, which can be used as learning spaces.

“I am really pleased with the new building and you can be sure the community is going to support it,” said Betty Flood, a 1960 Worthing graduate whose children also attended the school. “I’ve spoken with plenty of parents who say they are going to get their kids back to Worthing instead of sending them outside of the neighborhood.”

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