New addition a great benefit at Valley

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/26/17

VALLEY — An expansion of Valley Jr. High School is proving beneficial for the entire student body.

A new addition to the school was added in October that includes three classrooms and the school’s first specially designed science lab.

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New addition a great benefit at Valley

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VALLEY — An expansion of Valley Jr. High School is proving beneficial for the entire student body.

A new addition to the school was added in October that includes three classrooms and the school’s first specially designed science lab.

Prior to the new build, students had to use modular units that housed two computer labs.

Those computer labs have now been moved inside the main school building.

A walkway now connects the new addition to the existing school, and the new space has allowed Valley to reconfigure the location of classrooms in the school, making for a more organized campus.

The science lab will mostly benefit students in fifth through eighth grade and will be used in the coming months, as equipment and other items still need to be placed.

Currently fourth grade students use classrooms in the new build.

“I was talking to fourth grade teachers the other day, and they were talking about how much they liked it and how nice it is for all of them to be together,” Valley Principal Jody Harrison said.

“Even moving fourth grade allows us to put all the Pre-K and lower grade levels together as well. It solved a couple of problems, which was nice.”

Harrison said in addition to the new build, a new traffic lane on the school’s campus has made operations run smoother for the start and dismissal of school each day by improving traffic flow.

“That really made in difference in how I was able to organize the traffic. That helped out tremendously,” he said.

Harrison said he is grateful for people being patient as changes have been made to improve the quality of campus life for its over 600 students.

“The parents and the community, even though the move in date kept being extended, they were very good about understanding that it was going to take longer to get it done,” he said. “I’m just glad that it’s completed.”