Middlesboro High School is at the center of a complete renovation project for the district and is finishing up the first of many phases which MHS Principal Bobby Bennett believes will give students the ‘leg-up’ that they deserve.
“There’s a hidden curriculum in schools and it consists of what we don’t teach but what we see and feel while we’re here. Kids see and feel a difference in the school and that’s important. It has an indirect impact on how the students learn and the outlook they have on their school career,” said Bennett.
Renovations that have made the most impact thus far include the addition of large fans in the gym to create airflow and energy-saving lights and fixtures which are noticeably brighter in several of the classrooms.
“The change in the light has been very welcomed and it’s just remarkable the difference in here. There are less bulbs so it helps to save energy, but it’s a lot brighter and cleaner too, which the students have mentioned. Everybody’s really liked what’s happened so far,” said Bennett.
Phase B is currently under construction and will move in a counter-clockwise direction throughout the building. The first phase included the main office and the library.
The next phase of construction will also include new ceilings and an HVAC system which will provide cleaner air and duct work and a quieter system in the classrooms.
“We’re moving away from a 50-year-old system and that will allow us to change temperatures more quickly, especially during the hottest and coldest times in the year. It’s going to be a bit of a learning curve to learn to set the temperature through the computer controlled system, but it could be very beneficial for us in the long-run,” said Superintendent Steve Martin.
Phases will continue in six-week intervals spanning until the completion which is set for summer 2016.
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