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April 16, 2014

Students support renovation of Southern Middle School

OAKLAND — Students from both Southern and Northern middle schools presented a list of reasons why Southern Middle needs to be renovated during the Garrett County Commission meeting Tuesday.

The student survey subcommittee surveyed students, teachers and parents, all of whom agreed that the school is in dire need of renovation. Parents suggested two separate parking lots for Broad Ford Elementary and SMS, that the gym needs to be renovated and that there should be a separate auditorium. Parents also indicated that the thin walls and dividers have a negative impact and that students cause a distraction when they are required to walk through one classroom to get to another.

 A group of 10 Northern students toured Southern and recommended installing thicker walls, putting in doors that lock, increasing the amount of natural light, reconfiguring the halls so students don’t have to walk through classrooms, changing the ventilation system to increase airflow and adding a community room. The students also suggested to place the main office right inside the door for security purposes and so that it’s easier to offer directions to people.

 

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