New school ready for students

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

The new Berryville High School building is finished and ready for students to start their spring semester on Tuesday, Jan. 7, superintendent Owen Powell said Thursday.

The performing arts center is still set to be completed in March and the high school has a little bit more work to be done on it, but everything is ready for class to be in session.

“There’ll still be some minor touch-up things, but they’ll come work on that on the weekends,” Powell said. “They won’t be there while students are.”

Powell said high school principal Donnel Armstrong has met with all the students and given them their new schedules, and the school will go easy on the tardy policy for the first few days to be sure the students don’t stress about finding their classes on time.

“It’s an exciting time but also a time when students could be nervous, because it’s completely new,” Powell said. “It’s kind of like the first day of school again.”

He said school officials plan on setting a date soon for an open house so parents and the community can come see the inside of the building. He also said they are thinking about auctioning off some of the old furniture if the public is interested, because the school district purchased all new furniture for the new building.

“Before too long, we’ll start the renovation of the old high school into a new administration building,” Powell said.

District officials will also look at the other now-vacant buildings and see if they might have another use before demolishing them.

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