Along with the new two-story portables on the west side of Sultana High School, there is another addition to campus for students to be excited about.

A new, larger science lab has been built for students to have more room and modern equipment in which to conduct science experiments.

Total cost of the project was approximately $150,000, which included renovating the old classroom and equipping it with modern lab features. It was scheduled to be finished before the start of the current school year, but various construction snags held up its completion until early November.

Robert McCollum, former principal at Sultana High School, and current principal at Hesperia Junior High, secured the funding for the project. He noticed that many of the science lab classes weren't being held in well-equipped classrooms.

"The credit goes to him," Science Department Chairman Mark Ziesmer said of McCollum. "He got the funding for the project and got it going."

Science teachers sign up to use the lab to provide students more hands-on experiences with the practices of biology and physical science. The lab has modern safety features like fume hoods, chemical resistant counter tops, a safety shower, and a sink at each station.

Sultana freshman Marissa Uresti, a student in Leslie Hess' 5th period biology class, said she is looking forward to spending more time in the new classroom.

"The new lab is really cool," she said. "We're excited to be working on the upcoming labs."

Meghan Vesterby is the news editor of Turban Talk, the Sultana High School newspaper. Photographer Sean Watkins is the paper's photo editor. This story is scheduled to appear in the next edition of the school paper.