G.W. Long schools make some noise

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

First grade teacher Melissa Dasinger's classroom is the first door you see when you walk through G.W. Longs Elementary School. And it's one that will soon hear the most noise.

Dasinger says, "We may have to wear headphones, the children may not be able to hear me, there will be jack hammers and all these kinds of things that they have for construction but it's going to be good, the outcome is going to be good."

Both G.W. Long's Elementary and High School will undergo renovations. Throughout the construction, classrooms will be rotated out and into trailers. It's part of a state bond issue that's been in the works for two years.

Donny Bynum, Dale Co. Schools Superintendent, says, "We will have nine additional classrooms out there as well as administrative buildings too for the elementary and the high school and also a new elementary library that will be built also adding onto the cafeteria."

Dale County Schools Superintendent Donny Bynum says each year, enrollment continues to increase. Meaning, more room is needed to meet the needs of students and staff.

Officials say no one teacher or their students will have their entire class in one of these trailers, instead while the construction is being finished they'll be rotated out.

Junior, Brook Thompson will be one of those students rotated out, something she's not too excited about.

Thompson says, "I don't really like it that much because it's my junior year and I just wanted to finish things normal."

Even though students and staff agree it may be an inconvenience, the long term goal will make it all worth while.

School officials say they hope to get started on the construction within the next couple of months. It is estimated the project will take 14 months to complete.

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