Auto and Welding to Leave LC

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by Sonia Trevino

No more welding, priming, or buffing! Auto body and welding are moving from their Lakeview home to the distant turfs of South Garland High School.

In an effort to balance out attendance in schools, auto body and welding are moving to South Garland starting in 2013.

“They’re not getting rid of auto body and welding, they’re just moving it,” auto body teacher Greg Baughman explains.

While it’s been rumored that welding and auto body will be moving next year, everyone can relax. South Garland is building a whole new section dedicated to just these two programs, so it will take at least until 2013 to move.

“Well, it’s going to be a really great thing for South,” auto body teacher Mark Baty jokes.

Along with the programs go Greg Baughman Mark Baty, and Jim Barnett the beloved auto body and welding teachers.

“I’m worried about starting all over, and that there may not be enough room. Auto body is a big shop,” Mr.Baughman says, “But the new opportunity could be really cool.”

While teachers and principals seem to be supportive about it students aren’t taking the change to easily.

“I don’t think that they should move it,” sophomore Shelby Sanderson shares, “It’s a big part of Lakeview and a big part of why people come here.”

Students’ will have to choose either to transfer schools or pick another elective in its place.

“That’s why we have school of choice,” principal Gerald Hudson says, “So that if you want to pursue cosmetology you go to South, or if you have an interest in agriculture you go to Naaman Forest.”

In addition to their cosmetology and electronics programs the auto body and welding program will expand their liberal arts curriculum.

“Sometimes you move programs to other schools to help out enrollment,” Dr. Hudson said, “We have magnet and other college programs to sustain our own enrollment.”

Despite a sad separation auto body and welding will carry on their legacy at South Garland for many years to come.

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4 Responses to “Auto and Welding to Leave LC”

  1. alexis quitana on April 5th, 2011 7:47 am

    i think that this is not a smart choice because half the kids that come to school is just for welding or autobody wether we like it or not && if we take them out that means most of the kids wont even want to come to school anymore, so i think this choice is not the smartest at all && wish people would realize that. because if people dont wanna go to south dont make them by moving there favorite programs !


  2. Cassie on April 26th, 2011 2:04 pm

    What is going to go in those rooms now? Getting rid of these programs may help lessen the crime at LC ( I know that I never parked near the garage), but what will fill the void? Are they going to move more CTE classes in?


  3. Alec Austin on May 9th, 2011 9:51 am

    Personally I am in autobody and welding. I think that it is wrong to move both of these programs. Both of them have produced many successful people with jobs right out of high school. They do very good work that wins competitions. But they should keep it at Lakeview, because alot of people come to Lakeview Centennial just for these programs but some can’t if we move it. If we move it then most students can not continue these programs at South Garland because of the simple fact of transportation. The buses only pick up so far. I live right down the street from Lakeview and I wouldn’t always have a ride to school if they move the programs to South Garland. I know of many things being stolen in autobody and welding. if they move them to South then that would just get worse. Well that’s what I think.


  4. Jane Doe on May 19th, 2011 10:46 am

    These classrooms will be used for the 2500 students we are going to have next year. Classes are already full of 30-35 students, and we need more room. We are bursting at the seams. So this extra room will be turned into classrooms. Even though it sucks to have autobody/welding move, South is the tech school, and autobody/welding is a tech class.


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