- Sword & Shield
Breaking Brick in May, Mountain Brook High School is constructing new buildings to expand its teaching capabilities and students and teachers are tired of the mess.
Students' main complaint coming into the school year was the distraction construction would bring. This complaint was nowhere near irrational, new high school students have said: “It has not been a huge distraction, and it would be a lot easier navigating the school if the construction was not in my way.”
Students also feel crowded because there's less space for teachers and students to work and the library is full of mobile offices and teachers who have nowhere else to go. Senior Ashley Pitts said, “I feel more crowded and there is always something going on outside the school.”
Along with us students, many teachers feel the construction is exhausting because it is forcing some of them to move around the school and teach in different classrooms each period: “The ultimate goal of construction excites me, but living during it is tiring and inconvenient. I have no privacy during the day . . . I move to a new place every period and have to take extra time to set-up my room at the beginning of each class,” Ms. Mosley said.
Despite the distraction construction poses to students, many said they would rather be at MBHS than the Junior High, “I am very happy to be at the highschool during construction because the junior high looks very claustrophobic, and there's a lot more going on,” Senior Nelle Bashinsky said.
Since MBHS made the decision to not use portable trailers like the Junior High, there is eloted money for the highschool to spend on state of the art furniture and amenities to better the quality of education at the highschool. Knowing this, students were more encouraged to not let the distractions get in the way of their schoolwork: “I think the construction is manageable, and if it means the High School can put its best foot forward I will support it even though it is a nuisance,” said Pitts.
Teachers feel the same but are on average more optimistic because they understand the school needed the updates because of what it was lacking compared to other schools: “I'm not upset with construction because it was necessary,” Ms. Mosley said
While many students believe the construction is just there to ruin their high school years, the future is bright for all Mountain Brook Schools. In the long run, students will benefit from state of the art technology in the classrooms and have a better quality of life when it comes to managing the high school as a whole.
Questions for Students
- What is your opinion on the construction?
- Nelle - A new student said “It has not been a huge distraction, and it would be a lot easier navigating the school if the construction was not in my way”
- Mosley- “the ultimate goal of construction excites me, but living during it is tiring and inconvenient”
- Do you prefer being at the highschool over the Junior High during construction?
- Nelle - “I am very happy to be at the highschool during construction because the junior high looks very claustrophobic and there's a lot more going on”
- If I told you since MBHS doesn't have portable trailers (cottages) we are getting extra amenities and better technology, would you be ok with all the construction?
- Ashley - A senior said, “I think the construction is manageable, and if it means the HS can put its best foot forward i will support it even though it is a nuisance “
- Mosley - “I'm not upset with construction cause it was necessary, but i feel they could have anticipated obstacles and planned and prepared the displacement of teachers in a better order given us trailers and had the better amenities for the new building
- How has the construction affected you?
- Ashley - “I feel more crowded and their is a lot going on, but luckily only one of my classes is affected by the construction”
- Mosley - I have no privacy during the day. I share a workspace with multiple teachers, I no longer have my own classroom. I move to a new place every period and have to take extra time to set-up my room at the beginning of each class. I also feel like my class has become mainly virtual, because it’s too difficult to carry everything around all day.