WWS construction stirs mixed feelings among students, teachers

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By Sydney Church

Do not ask Westfield High School students about construction. There will be many groans.

WHS is taking on some big changes in the next few years. Students have said goodbye to the Learning Center, made room for some new science labs and prepared for the addition of more classrooms. All of these changes have thrown students, and teachers, for a loop. Finding new ways to make things work is now part of WHS’s daily agenda.

For students like senior Maddee Aaron, construction has been something to look forward to.

“I think that the construction is going to be really cool once it’s finished,” Aaron said. “I’m super-disappointed I won’t be around to see the changes, though. I look forward to all the other students getting to enjoy the new things and not be as overcrowded as we are now.”

However, some aspects of construction aren’t as exciting.

“The construction can be really distracting at times, especially while trying to take a test and all you can hear is them working,” Aaron said.

Teachers around the school also have found themselves affected by the ongoing construction on a day-to-day basis.

“It can get a little noisy sometimes, so I get a little distracted myself,” Spanish teacher Kerrie Mares Bell said. “The students have been awesome in staying focused with me.”

Mares Bell has taught at WHS for five years. She looks forward to the 35 new classrooms.

“Even the new desks and things, so we can be more flexible with seating,” she said.

She said she hopes to use the new additions to do what’s best for her students.

“I haven’t really noticed it affecting their work ethic. They kind of just ignore it and move on. It can be a challenge,” Bell said. “But it’s not something we can’t handle together.”

The WHS Lantern is the student news website for Westfield High School. All content is created by students. To see their work, visit whsdigital.com

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