Re­model Im­proves Look At MCHS

McDonald County Press - - COUNTY - Rachel Dick­er­son

The 100 and 200 hall­ways at McDonald County High School were re­mod­eled over the sum­mer, bring­ing a fresh, new look to the school.

Prin­ci­pal Julie Hol­loway said the hall­ways got new tile and new paint, as well as new, en­ergy-ef­fi­cient LED lights. Class­rooms were re­mod­eled as well, re­ceiv­ing new paint and tile, new out­lets, new bul­letin boards and white­boards, she said.

“It re­ally all just started with re­plac­ing the tile, be­cause tiles were mix-matched, and we were able to do as­bestos abate­ment,” she said.

Work­ers in­stalled 22,000 square feet of tile at the high school, she added. Now the halls boast bright white tile ac­cented with red and black squares, the school’s col­ors. The walls have a bright red stripe at eye level.

“We tried to tie in the red and black to unify the build­ing and pro­mote our school col­ors,” Hol­loway said.

Ad­di­tion­ally, four bath­rooms were re­mod­eled, with new red and black epoxy floors and new stalls.

“Now it’s clean, it’s light,” Hol­loway said. “The hall­ways used to be dingy and dis­col­ored.”

She said, in the 100 hall­way, there were miss­ing tiles and a lot of the ones that were there did not match due to be­ing re­placed over the years.

“We cov­ered up the mus­tard yel­low and light blue tile. It’s funny to think that was a color that was used back in the ’60s when the school was built,” she said.

Hol­loway said the school’s main­te­nance crew did all the paint­ing, and the tile work was con­tracted out.

“I think hav­ing a fresh, new en­vi­ron­ment, stu­dents have com­mented on it sev­eral times how they want to keep it that way. So I think there’s a sense of pride that comes with that,” English teacher Lo­gan Grab said of the re­model.

Se­nior Zoe Val­lance said of the changes, “I think they’re ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. It looks very clean and it rep­re­sents our school col­ors nicely. I think it helps to be in a class­room that has nice paint on the walls, doesn’t have chips or any­thing. It makes you feel com­fort­able like you’re in a nice place that cares about your com­fort.”

“It’s def­i­nitely bet­ter for safety be­cause last year there were a lot of ac­ci­dents in (the 100 hall­way) when peo­ple would trip on miss­ing tiles,” said ju­nior Eu­ge­nio Men­doza. “Aes­thet­i­cally, it’s bet­ter and ef­fi­cient, es­pe­cially the re­strooms up­stairs be­cause last year they had no doors. They used to be the re­strooms no­body wanted to go to. I think the im­prove­ments in our school have af­fected us pos­i­tively and will con­tinue to af­fect us in a great way.”

“It’s a huge dif­fer­ence for the school,” Hol­loway con­cluded.

RACHEL DICK­ER­SON/MCDONALD COUNTY PRESS

Julie Hol­loway, prin­ci­pal at McDonald County High School, is pic­tured with some of the new tile at the school, which fea­tures red and black ac­cents. The 100 and 200 hall­ways also got new paint and light­ing.

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