Renovation work continues inside Woodridge High School to convert a former math classroom into a science laboratory and future home of the Biomedical Engineering and Technology Academy. BETA is a new college prep program open to juniors and seniors in the Six District Educational Compact, which includes the districts of Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow, Tallmadge and Woodridge.

Kirk Bennett, Woodridge Locals director of academic services, and Joel Morgan, Woodridge High Schools principal, say progress is being made in the room, where the walls are in and ready to paint and the flooring and ceiling are next to be done. Water and gas will be hooked up for lab sinks and burners, and outlets will be put in for electronic equipment.

Funding for BETA comes from the Woodridge Foundation, said Woodridge Superintendent Walter Davis, who helped forge a partnership with the University of Akron to make BETA possible.

The Woodridge Foundation fundraising will continue through the summer to provide equipment for the lab, said Jeff Wilhite, the Foundations president.

In this video, Bennett and Morgan, as well as two contractors, describe the renovations being done. For more on this story, see the Feb. 10 edition of the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press.