Students and staff at Geneseo High School want area residents to see the redesigned and renovated building as well as an addition that takes them well into the 21st Century.

Students and staff at Geneseo High School want area residents to see the redesigned and renovated building as well as an addition that takes them well into the 21st Century.

Members of the public are invited to an open house at the school from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Visitors will be able to see what has been an ongoing project at GHS since early fall of 2016.

High school principal Travis Mackey said, “What has been accomplished at this building takes us well into the 21st century.”

The added Fine Arts Center is “beyond state-of-the-art” and includes a concert hall with a seating capacity of more than 900 people, which includes handicap accessible spaces; a theater with seating capacity of up to 317 people, also including handicap accessible spaces. An elevator is part of the Fine Arts Center.

An entrance to the center at the south end of the building takes visitors into a large lobby/collaboration area.

There are two new band practice areas to accommodate students in marching band and concert band; theater dressing/makeup rooms; band commons area for music assessments and a remodeled choir room.

Tim Gronski, chief school business official in the district, said the building/renovation included several required health life safety projects including a new roof and an updated fire/smoke detection system.

Renovation work to the existing high school building were high school administrative offices, guidance counseling offices, athletic offices and meeting spaces.

Corridors have been remodeled to feature new student lockers, flooring and lighting.

Students now have access to 2D and 3D art rooms, new library/information commons and a makers space room, which Mackey refers to as an “innovative room that allows for a variety of learning opportunities.”

“The skills we focus on at GHS are 1. communication, 2. critical thinking, and 3, collaboration,” Mackey said. “This facility allows us to do all three and enhances 21st century learning.”

In addition to the inside of the high school and the added Fine Arts Center, the project includes a new football stadium and track renovation as well as an added parking lot.

The work at GHS is part of the school district’s $36 million ProjectLEAF construction and renovation project.