School Construction Causes Chaos

Editor’s Note:  Students in Mr. Key’s Language Arts class recently completed a newspaper story assignment in which they covered a story concerning life at Jefferson MS.  Today’s story is another in a series that we will reprint here.    Enjoy!

By: Somiya D.

Many students around Jefferson have noticed the constant construction going on around the school and by the patio. Many students have commented on the disrupting sounds or noises made by this construction. For example, when the workers start to dig into the ground, the noise becomes very loud and annoying.  This has disturbed some teachers in the barracks, and now near Mr. Golda’s room,  because of the loud noises, which keeps them from being able to teach their students in peace and quiet (well, however quiet you can keep middle school students.)

Our awesome Principal, Ms. Meyer, was interviewed earlier this Semester and expressed her opinion on the whole subject. “The construction can cause inconvenience and distraction (depending on the project and time of day implemented).” She said. The construction going on right now is due to “insufficient gas pressure.”

This could cause “problems for heating in the winter.” Another problem that Ms. Meyer stated was when the construction workers first started their most recent project, they “busted water lines.” This caused “more digging and more problems” said Ms. Meyer. Due to this little “problem” a lot of the plants on the back patio died because the irrigation system had been disturbed. Now Ms. Meyer has to send for more workers to come out to the school so they can fix the water lines.

A student at our school, Sara A. said that she believes “the construction going on around the school causes many problems.” One of which is the traffic congestion, “especially  in the mornings and from 3-3:20 p.m.” Sara believes it might be causing people to become impatient, a situation that leads to “parents picking up/dropping off their kids on the sidewalk along Girard, which is not very safe.”  Principal Meyer also noted this problem, saying she believe that “the construction itself can pose a safety problem sometimes.”  Sara also thinks the construction may cause confusion for both the students and the parents. Sara adds that “the school could do a better job of communicating and letting everyone know what is going on.”

Many others believe the same.  An anonymous student at Jefferson said they “believe that the construction should try to be done faster and at a time when the students aren’t necessarily at school, or to do it in a less disruptive manner then they do it now.” As the construction jobs mount in coming weeks, it remains to be seen what continuing effect all the work has on the academics here at JMS.

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