Residents should check out school investment at work.

Much attention has been focused on the new Garden City High School, and for good reason.

District patrons invested heavily in a new school designed to improve the educational experience for local students.

The new GCHS, estimated at $92.5 million, was the centerpiece of a $97.5 million bond issue that also included turning Garfield Elementary School into Garfield Early Childhood Center, Abe Hubert Middle School into Abe Hubert Elementary School and the current high school into Horace J. Good Middle School.

Students' parents and other district patrons have an opportunity to see for themselves how things have changed as the new school year begins.

Open houses are set for Tuesday at Alta Brown Elementary School, 1110 E. Pine St., 6 to 7:15 p.m.; Buffalo Jones Elementary School, 708 Taylor Ave., 6 to 7 p.m.; Georgia Matthews Elementary School, 111 Johnson St., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Edith Scheuerman Elementary School, 1901 Wilcox St., 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Jennie Wilson Elementary School open house for kindergarten students, 1401 Harding Ave., 6 to 7 p.m.; Plymell Elementary School, 20 W. Plymell Road, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Victor Ornelas Elementary School, 3401 E. Spruce St., 5 to 6 p.m.; and Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center, 3101 Belmont Place, 6 to 7 p.m.

Other planned open houses include Garden City High School, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd., 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Kenneth Henderson Middle School, 2406 Fleming St., 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Horace J. Good Middle School, 1412 N. Main St., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday; Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center, 401 Jennie Barker Road, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28; and Jennie Barker Elementary School, 5585 N. Jennie Barker Road, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30.

When it comes to public schools, district patrons deserve value for their tax dollars.

They should want to see how their investment has helped the district evolve to better meet student needs.

Expect local residents who take time to check out their schools to be surprised and impressed by what they learn.