July 31, 2006
The new Evans Middle School has been given the all clear.
Inspectors spent the morning making sure things are working properly before students arrive on Friday.
7th grade life science teacher Beth Tokarska's new room has all of the bells and whistles for a science room.
Ms. Tokarska says the new lab tables will improve the quality of teaching in her classroom.
"At the old school, we didn't have any of these lab tables, and when we used microscopes I think I had two outlets in the room and we had to have extension cords all over the room."
The new 43,000 square foot school will be able to house at least 1000 students.
Today the county's fire marshal and other inspectors were testing every inch of the new school before releasing the school to Superintendent Tommy Price.
"We of course had some things we needed to get done over the weekend to make sure the building would be ready for our teachers and students to come and occupy," Price said.
Principal Michael Johnson spent part of the day welcoming new and transferred students during registration.
He compares the new school to getting a brand new car, and said that he especially liked "the fact that you can stand in the middle of the hall in commons area and see every wing, what goes on in every inch of this building."
"We are just extremely excited about the new space we'll have and the new layout," said technology teacher Pat Hunsucker.
Students go back to school in Columbia County on Friday, August 4.