Thoughts on Renovations

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Renovations to make the cafeteria bigger to accommodate a larger school population.

Hallie Stewart, staff writer

The beginning of the school year usually consists of new students and a new schedule. Most school years, however, do not start off with a brand new school design. Even with the threat of an epidemic, construction to expand Tomball Memorial High School officially began with the renovation process spilling over from last school year. Any freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior remembers the stress of having to sit through class and listen to the sounds of brick crumbling from a jack hammer, disrupting class lessons.
Senior Piper Lopez, who was a junior last year, was forced to navigate through an entire school under construction. “I had a headache for the longest time because of the loud noises and the dust,” Lopez said. “Although I am glad that the renovations can comfortably fit everyone, I wished they would have kept the green house so that floral design could have a place to put our flowers and other plants.” Lopez was able to see the construction unfold because she attended school face to face, however, not every student chose to do this.

Due to Covid-19, students were given the option to attend school virtually. Some students, like junior Taylor Benard, chose to do her schooling from home. “I had to come to the school from time to time for club meetings, but I never really paid attention to the construction going on around me. Also the walls would be blocked off so it’s not like I could see anything anyway,” Benard said. “On the first day of school, I almost felt like a freshman again because of all the new hallways and new staff members. The school looked so different from my previous years here that it almost felt like I was in a new district.”
While Benard felt like a fish out of water, freshman Randall Russ adapted quickly to the change of scenery. “This school is way bigger than Willow Wood. In Willow Wood, there were only two main hallways- one for seventh grade and the other for eighth grade. On my first day, I was a little confused because there were now six main halls that I had to navigate through,” Russ said. “Even though the school is bigger, and I was a little confused on my first day, I did not feel intimidated by the largeness of the school. By my second day of school, I had figured out which hallways belonged to which subject.”
The purpose of refurbishing the school was to accommodate all the students comfortably, bringing the total cost of the construction to $36,500,000. Hopefully, we will not need another upgrade anytime soon.