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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Reed-Stewart Agricultural Science Center

The Reed-Stewart Agricultural Science Center, located at 1924 N. Main Street in Mansfield, is a unique hands-on training and educational facility for students interested in the field of agricultural science and agribusiness.

The facility was opened in December of 1998. It is dedicated in honor of two of Mansfield ISD's Agricultural Science (vocational agriculture) instructors, Mr. Harley K. Reed and Mr. Leon R. Stewart, Jr. See the history section for additional information about Mr. Reed and Mr. Stewart and their careers at Mansfield High School and Ben Barber Career Tech Academy. The Reed-Stewart Agricultural Science Center was built with funds from a local bond election. The cost of construction and the value of the property totaled some $750,000 at opening.

Two buildings at the Agricultural Science Center cover 10,350 square feet. Special features include three large classrooms combined with a computerized laboratory that allow students the unique opportunity to experience firsthand the science and technology of agriculture. Also included are ten large animal stalls, eight pens for sheep and goats, a separate four stall horse barn and a small animal room for rabbits and poultry.

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