CABELL COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – Cabell County Schools approved a big purchase at their board meeting last night, authorizing the purchase order for five new outdoor learning classrooms.
The project cost $427,000 and is funded by federal stimulus funds.
Each outdoor learning space will be customized for each school and can be used by up to three classes at a time.
“We will also be training staff on how best to use the spaces,” said Cabell County Schools Assistant Superintendent for District Operations and Support Tim Hardesty. “How seats can be arranged and moved from place to place. How students can easily do this and how they can use it in their extraction.”
The district said this project will provide more opportunities for students and teachers, allowing for more collaborative learning, stem activities and space.
“The part that excites them the most is just having a flexible space and you’re not confined to a classroom,” Hardesty said. “You’re not confined to a separate pod or a few seats together or a table. These are really flexible seats that can be moved anywhere on site.
Central City, Culloden, Spring Hill, Salt Rock and Martha Elementary Schools are the lucky few to receive one.
Each space will be equipped with Wi-Fi, whiteboards, learning modules and will be safe to use all year round.
Going forward, the district said it hopes to continue expanding this project to other schools.