CHICO, Calif. - Pleasant Valley High School held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open a brand new state-of-the-art facility on campus that has advanced technology to help students get more involved in the learning experience.
Driving by you've probably noticed the Yale Building has been a long time in the making.
While classes have been held in the new $7.5 million facility for two weeks now, Wednesday evening an official ribbon cutting ceremony was held to unveil the new digs to the public.
The Pleasant Valley band played for the crowd before school officials, teachers and students spoke about how well the building has been received.
Chico Unified School District board members did the honors of cutting the ribbon.
The state-of-the-art classrooms inside feature advanced technology that will help students feel more involved in the learning experience.
Among the new instructional instruments, projectors that can convert regular white boards into interactive smart computer screens.
Officials said the offerings are on par with what major universities have at their fingertips and the success they see in the classrooms could be used as a model for other schools.
"[It's an] excellent opportunity for the students and a chance for Chico Unified to kind of take that next step forward," said Patrick Bossetti, the man who spearheaded installment of the state-of-the-art classroom devices. "If it is really as successful as we're hoping it could be, it gives us the opportunity to, you know, proof of concept the idea and maybe take it out to other schools later on."
To take the innovative approach a step farther, the building has been fitted with infrastructure that will allow the school to install solar panels and make the facility fully sustainable.