Pine View has been anything but out for summer these past few months, with campus-wide renovations continuing throughout the break and into the new school year.
Previously uprooted into portables, the English department returned to Building 2, the green building, during the summer. According to Assistant Principal Sue Fair, the math department will return to Building 4, the orange building, this upcoming winter break. The building is currently at 70 percent completion as it undergoes heating, ventilation and cooling construction.
Remodeling of the Student Union is also complete. Unfortunately due to wear, the class of 2004 mural was removed from south wall. Fair said, “The surface wasn’t prepared to hold [the mural] for time, and so it started peeling. They had to paint over it.” Additionally, the kitchen is also upgraded and now includes improved air conditioning and ventilation systems.
Building 8, the Auditorium, began reconstruction during the summer and is scheduled to be complete by Sept. 25. “Seats have already been installed, and they look amazing,” Fair said. The lighting system is upgraded with improved acoustics and speakers, and before completion the air conditioning will be replaced along with new carpeting. Jan. 2 and 3rd the floors of the auditorium, auditorium stage and gym will be refinished as well.
Regarding the Auditorium renovations, Drama Club co-vice president and twelfth-grader Amanda Gerulski said, “We’re really super excited to use all the new more advanced technology to further enhance the effects of our shows.”
Additionally, work is underway in transforming campus to have a single point entryway system. By Sept. 18, the security fence leading into Building 16’s parking lot will be replaced with a gate equipped with a keypad and camera. A gate surrounding the parent pick-up zone will be built beginning Sept. 25. Pick-up and drop-off traffic will be redirected during the week of construction. During the first week of October, construction on a gate from the bus loop that leads to the student union will also take place.
By the end of May 2018, science teachers within Building 11, the purple building, will move out as remodeling takes place. Classrooms will be completely reconstructed to distribute space evenly in the building. Once new rooms are equipped with new water and electric utilities, the science department should return during winter break of the 2018-2019 school year.