Students may need some directions with their class schedules when they return to Thomas Worthington High School this week.

Students may need some directions with their class schedules when they return to Thomas Worthington High School this week.

Portions of the school's first floor have been redesigned, with new classrooms and labs created, a coffee-house style counter added to the cafeteria and a gallery built to display student artwork.

Three new foreign language classrooms were constructed in what was 2,200 square feet of space on one side of the library.

"It is yet to be determined if losing the space will have an impact on the library," said Thomas principal Jim Gaskill.

Up-to-date technology was included that will serve as a model for classrooms of the future, he said. A ceiling-mounted projector is attached to each teacher's computer, and special dry-erase boards will support interactive learning.

Also receiving updated technology this summer were the pre-engineering classrooms used by students in the Project Lead The Way program.

There are also new ninth-grade science classrooms and labs built in the former school store, which moved to a smaller space on the other side of the cafeteria.

The E-school classroom, where students can work independently to recover credits, has been moved upstairs.

The new long counter with tall stools in the cafeteria is meant to create a more casual atmosphere.

Instead of six, 25-minute lunch periods with 25-minute study halls, there will be three, 50-minute lunch periods for all students this year.

New study halls were also created next to the cafeteria to make it easier for students to receive academic assistance during their lunch periods. In the past, tutors were located on the second floor.

"We're trying to bring the services to the kids," Gaskill said.

Also new this year is storage space for theater supplies. This summer, those supplies had to be moved from the old annex building, which is being converted into the Art Center of Worthington.

Also in the arts wing is a small gallery with track-lighting where students can display their works. The gallery space can also be used as a lounge during performances.