Auto and Welding to Leave LC
March 31, 2011
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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.