Demolition and New Designs: Mountain Brook’s plans for a new school

Demolition and New Designs: Mountain Brook’s plans for a new school

By LILLY LEJEUNE, Co-Editor-in-Chief

After exams this spring, the 100 and 200  halls will be history. To create a better school building, students and teachers will have to compromise on space and resources. Many teachers face challenges of losing their classrooms and navigating a year without a defined workspace. 27-year teacher and former MBHS student Catherine Lowe said, “I’m really excited about the newness. . .but I am really worried about the transition and teaching when you don’t have classrooms.” 

With the impending demolition of several hallways, many students and teachers are wondering about next year’s plans concerning the loss of space. 

Other schools in our area have embarked on similar projects. However, they had the resources to build a new school from scratch at a seperate location. We are using the same property, so we face a more difficult process. Assistant Principal Jeremey Crigger said, “We’re landlocked, so. . .we’ve had to go up to match the footprint of the school.”

The school has considered making up for missing space with trailers and other temporary, portable solutions. Ultimately, Principal Philip Holley said, “Not having portables. . .saves a lot of money that we can put back into the construction project.” 

Next year, all the teachers without classrooms will float around the school. Imagine carts with computers and handouts rolling across the mall. Teachers will share the remaining classrooms and make efficient use of space to teach students in an ever evolving environment. 

Many teachers are concerned about carting around piles of papers, AP prompts, handouts and books, and the stairs in the 500 hall might also pose a problem. Though the road may be bumpy, the hope of a better school building outweighs the growing pains.

While these plans and changes present definite challenges, our ability as a school to adapt to COVID-19 proves beyond a doubt that we can adapt to various obstacles. Holley said, “We have to go through some discomfort to get to having a brand new building with brand new spaces.”