It’s already April and the day is coming soon when the Blue Hall Construction will start. The construction is tentatively slated to begin on June 1st, but there is a chance that it won’t begin until after this school year ends.
J-DHS Vice Principal David Nylen states, “The blue hallway will be unavailable for the entire 2021-22 school year and we will be shifting classes from that hallway into other parts of the building. We are excited to have state-of-the-art classrooms for technology, woodworking, ceramics, drawing/painting, and photography”.
History teacher Vitaly Yanchuk adds, “I teach in three classes in the blue hallway, rooms B11, B12, B13 that will be affected.” He tries to have a positive outlook by saying, “As the saying goes, The only thing constant in life is change.” He also recognizes the need for the construction. “As sad as I am to see this part of the blue hall go, it was time for a change. While certain inconveniences will result from the construction activities, it will all be worth it at the end.”
Mrs. Childers shares her point of view on the blue hallway, “For the rest of this year, things are still up in the air in terms of when we’ll be moving rooms. Capital projects in schools have a very lengthy approval process, and I think we’ll find out more specifics about the start date in mid-May, but we could be moving as early as June.”
Mr. Brodsky, Mr. Mclntyre and Mrs. Childers will be moving to temporary rooms for next year and they will still be offering the same classes. Once the renovations are complete, Mr. Brodsky and Mrs. Childers will be on the opposite side of the hallway from their current room and they’ll be gaining a dedicated printmaking space.
The Blue Hall construction project will be tedious and long-lasting, but the great change that will be made to better the school will positively be worth it in the long run, say administrators. Many teachers will have new and updated spaces to benefit their instruction and students will have more opportunities due to this. It will be a big change for students and staff to adjust to, but teachers hope the improvements it will bring will be worth it in the end.