International High School had previously leased rooms from LGCC, and now the two schools will share the same building. Middle College High School Principal Linda Siegmund and International High School Principal John Starkey joined the event for the ribbon cutting.
“The addition offers students state-of-the-art science rooms and labs and an art room that will help them hone their skills and develop their interests,” Walcott said. “What they learn there will help them be competitive as they prepare for college and careers.”
The $27.8 million addition will include two science labs, a science prep room and a demonstration room with 820 seats in a two-story building with an exterior courtyard and wheelchair accessible area. The addition also includes an art and computer room with administrative offices, and 10 standard size classrooms. The newly constructed building will be located at 45-35 Van Dam Street in Long Island.
Some common questions among attendants were if the two schools would ever have any interaction with each other, now that they would be sharing the same building. Starkey said that during lunch periods, there would be the opportunity for some interaction between students. Future classes could also provide the possibility of the two school's interaction, as well as school-related social functions.
“I really feel thrilled to see the two schools coming together,” said Nolan.