The 0pening of the new Huff Consolidated School at Hanover has gone “remarkably well,” according to Principal Carolyn Hatfield.
Response from children and staff has been positive.
“Some of the children had looks of shock and amazement on their faces (when they saw the school),” Hatfield noted. “Some of the little children think it’s a huge school.
“The staff is very happy. After getting over the initial shock of having two days to get ready (for the opening), they were in high gear,” she commented. “They all seem to be enjoying the new building. The classrooms are larger, their rooms are bright. It’s like a breath of fresh air.”
Maintenance crews, custodians from other schools and the Huff custoidans worked to move books and supplies into the classrooms.
“Then the teachers came in and unpacked and sorted out and got everything in order for the studetns,” Hatfield said.
“It went very well,” she added. “There are still some things we’re moving from the old school and unpacking.”
One classroom, which was added to the plan a few months ago, is not yet complete.
“They might be able to get that finished in a week or two,” Hatfield stated. “It’s not a problem, just an inconvenience. We moved the children (who will be in that room) to another part of the building.”
A traffic entrance and exit, completed this summer, is working well, she indicated. “We get compliments all the time on how well it’s designed,” said Hatfield.
“There are still some mostly minor things to be done, and hopefully after that we can get on with the business of having school,” she remarked.
The planning and construction process “has been an interesting experience,” she said. “I’m glad I was able to go through it. The contractor and the architect were cooperative, and it makes me proud to see what we were able to accomplish.”
She thanked Superintendent of Schools Frank “Bucky” Blackwell and Assistant Superintendents Deirdre Cline and Frank Mann. “They were extremely helpful and cooperative. Not only with encouragement, but they helped us get what we needed,” said Hatfield.
Maintenance Director Jeff Brewer “has been a big help. He’s on top of it all,” she noted.
“Some of the things I thought would be good for the students has been good for them, and that makes me happy,” she commented.
An open house will probably be held within the next of couples of weeks.
“I’ve tried to put my heart and soul into this,” Hatfield explained. “I just wanted what was best for the students. They really deserve this.”
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.