Renovation at Muncie faculty focuses on security

Even earlier than the modifications are carried out, the enhancements are serving to lecturers really feel extra secure.

MUNCIE, Ind. — One Muncie faculty is present process an $8 million renovation, pivoting away from an open-concept faculty plan towards a extra conventional classroom design.

Even earlier than the modifications are carried out, the enhancements are serving to lecturers really feel extra secure.

With college students dwelling for summer time, development staff fill East Washington Academy. The varsity’s inside is getting a whole makeover.

Friday morning, lecturers Courtney Williams and Angela Butler walked by the brand new school rooms to test on development with Principal Sarah Anglin at their facet. The lecturers mentioned they’re already in awe of the modifications.

“It’s so bizarre to stroll by it now, since you’ve seen it within the previous approach and now you are seeing the renovations and it is simply unbelievable,” mentioned Williams, a 3rd grade excessive capacity instructor at East Washington Academy.

The varsity’s earlier open-concept plan was common within the ’80s however ended up being problematic for a lot of faculties. The shortage of partitions and doorways make for a loud setting, laborious for college students to pay attention. However security can also be on the prime of everybody’s minds.

“Our partitions have been partial partitions across the constructing after which our facet wall that went out to the hallway was simply merely cupboards that weren’t as much as the ceiling and you would hear all the things occurring within the hallways if somebody was passing by,” mentioned Angela Butler, a grasp instructor at East Washington Academy.

“That was undoubtedly a priority, security, but additionally simply the noise degree and the distractions that you just’re consistently listening to all through the constructing. So the renovation that we’re going by is certainly going to assist with a lot of that,” Williams mentioned.

That setting was regarding if an intruder have been to get in.

“All I might do was roll an additional cart to type of make it appear like it wasn’t a gap,” Butler mentioned. “However anybody would simply have to easily push with their shoulders and are available proper into our rooms.”

When college students and employees come again to class for the beginning of the brand new faculty yr at East Washington Academy, the entire school rooms could have doorways and partitions for the primary time within the faculty’s historical past. It is a large enchancment for security and teachers.

“Within the occasion of an intruder, which we have now not had right here, however I feel actually in any type of subject…we’re simply being very proactive in ensuring we will preserve our college students and employees secure,” mentioned Anglin.

Seeing these enhancements is already making Williams and Butler really feel extra snug in classroom.

“I imply, that is the primary concern of lecturers, is security. And we have been secure, however it should be an entire new degree of security the place we will truly shut the doorways and lock the doorways and actually shield the scholars. That is our primary purpose,” Williams mentioned.

“I do know that if one thing would occur, we’d be capable to have our youngsters secure, we’d be capable to get them right into a secure location and shut and lock these doorways,” Butler mentioned.

As soon as East Washington Academy’s renovations are accomplished, Muncie Group Colleges is anticipated to start comparable renovations at South View Elementary Faculty.