With the MISD school year starting this Monday, Aug. 26, for many students, it’s time to readjust to a normal routine. However, for those attending McKinney High School, continued construction means it isn’t quite time for business as usual.
“Renovations are scheduled to be complete Jan. 1, 2014,” Director of Construction Corey Gililland said. “This date has not changed from the original schedule.”
The cafeteria will not be completed by time students get back to school, so “temporary serving lines in the new portion of the dining area” have been set up until its expected completion in October. “The food will be prepared at another facility and then brought to MHS,” Gililland said. Despite this, students will have access to a full plate of food offerings and new food lines as the year progresses.
“There are no expected disturbances to the classrooms other than standard noises from nearby renovations still ongoing,” he said.
The next phase of the project will also include renovations of C and D Halls, electrical work in the auditorium (October 2013) and the MHS Day Care area.
MHS Principal Logan Faris said parents have been “very patient and understanding” of any disruptions or delays. “The construction and renovation over the past 70 days is nothing short of a Ty Pennington Extreme School Makeover,” Faris said. “We have been hard at work all summer and are excited to see everyone’s reactions. We had a great time today watching the gasps and WOW’s as our students arrived for schedule pick up and 9th grade Pride Camp.
The McKinney High School campus has been totally redesigned into an amazing learning facility, including renovated classrooms, state of the art career & technology rooms, new athletic areas and a redesigned dining hall. The construction at MHS affects more than just the building.
“The overall reaction to the building has been a strong sense of pride and appreciation for the district’s commitment to excellence,” Faris said. “Our goal at McKinney High School will be to build a school culture of excellence that matches our new home.”