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MVTHS students look forward to new greenhouse, despite delay

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WSIL -- At 30-by-70 feet, the greenhouse being built at Mt. Vernon Township High School is quite impressive.

"In terms of dimensions we are going to be one of the largest In the area," said ag teacher and FFA advisor Cherie Rogier.

The greenhouse is a far cry from the one at the old school.

"The old greenhouse that we had fit eight students total in it," said Rogier.

Ashtyn Dye, a senior, remembers those days.

"There wasn't enough space for all the students to be in the greenhouse at once, so on days that certain students would get in the greenhouse, the other kids were in the classroom missing out on the opportunity that day," said Dye.

Ag teachers say the new greenhouse will solve that problem.

"This one is going to allow our kids, two or three horticulture classes, our two ag science classes, to do a lot of different experiments," said ag teacher and FFA advisor John Kabat. "The greenhouse is something that's kind of been a dream for Mt. Vernon High School."

Ag students are especially looking forward to it. 

They've spent the past few weeks building benches for the new greenhouse.

Crews had hoped to have it finished this month, but a delay in building supplies means that won't happen.

Instead, the school is looking at a new date, mid-November.

But if the project isn't finished by the end of the year, it could cost the school a lot of money.

Under an agreement, Community First Bank could rescind the $75,000 it donated to the project, if it's not completed by the end of the year.

But administrators and ag teachers don't expect any more delays.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $500,000, a price many people have questioned and criticized.

But ag teachers and students say the greenhouse is a necessity and will ensure students get a learning experience they'll never forget.

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