New Look, New Feel at FHN

Posted on 10/02/2018
FHN students stand in front of newly painted wall

By Michael Willmann, FHN sophomore 

Walking into FHN, students and staff may have noticed some new changes that have gone on around the building. From new paint to patch jobs, FHN underwent a great deal of work over the summer.

Those who walk the hallways will see that the main level has received a fresh coat of paint. With this new paint comes a new color scheme. Instead of the old all gold walls, the gold paint has been replaced by a white and gold design. This new paint does a great job of lighting up the hallways, instead of being the same, dark, solid gold across the entire wall.

Activity Director Michael Janes has said that he loves the new paint. “I feel that this year, our hallways have been cleaner, brighter,” Janes said. “At this point, I don’t know if we have plans on continuing the paint, but I do think the District would love to do it.”

Along with new paint, the District has (again) performed maintenance and repairs on the school’s roof. Many sections of the roof have either been repaired or renewed over the years. Maintenance crews have also been working around the school, replacing ceiling tile in many of our hallways and classrooms.

“In previous years, my back left corner [of my room], if it rained a substantial amount, it would leak and go into my light fixtures, and they’d have to come in and replace my ceiling tile almost every time it rained,” ELA teacher Courtney Freeman said. “This year they haven’t had to replace any ceiling tiles.”

FHN students walk through newly painted hallwayOver the summer, crews have also been working to repair continuing HVAC issues. From room heaters not working to AC units working a bit too well, the HVAC had many issues, including water leakage. Many of these issues have been resolved and students and staff should expect less HVAC leakage and more reliability this year.

Even though a lot was done over the summer, more renovations are in sight, though not any time too soon.

“A lot of these renovations… they all take time, and they all take money,” Janes said. “We can’t just have contractors come in here and paint during the school year. We can’t fix the HVAC without shutting down the building. We felt that now was a good time for good paint, with Dr. Hostetler coming in. That main level is really important, a lot of our community comes in through there.”

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