Students return from winter break to new buildings that were completed in December

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FARMINGTON — Students and staff at Farmington High School successfully navigated the halls of the school on their first day back for the spring semester — and the first day in the new school buildings that were completed in mid-December.

FHS senior Angelique Dailey, who was working as an office aide during the last class of the day, said many students asked the office for directions to relocated classes on Monday.

“Yeah, but we’re still getting used to it as well,” Dailey said. “It’s new. I like it.”

Three new wings were completed in mid-December in a three-year, $75 million construction and remodel project.

FHS Principal Tim Kienitz said there is still work to be done — the 400 building was being demolished during classes on Monday, and after other old buildings are demolished, landscaping and construction of new parking lots will begin, likely late in the spring. The project is expected to be completely finished before the 2018-19 school year begins.

Two remodeling projects are still on the radar, too, Keinitz said. The old cafeteria will be re-purposed into a dance floor and weight room, and the stage and the auditorium of the drama department will be remodeled.

But for now, students and staff were making their way around the new home of the Scorpions. Though some students said it was a bit confusing to find their new classrooms, reception for the new facilities was positive.

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Junior Kiara Charley said she was surprised by how big the new building is, but is finding it easier to navigate than the former campus layout.

“It’s much easier because we don’t have to go way over there (across campus) fast,” Charley said. “It’s not a hurry to get to class. … (Last semester), with English, I had to walk all the way that way, and I would be late. It would suck.”

French teacher Suzanne Holman told her sixth-period French I students that after traversing campus to meet another teacher on Monday she understood what that cross-campus trek felt like. She said she likes the centralized design of the new buildings.

“I love it. It’s great to have all the students in one place,” Holman said. “The commons area is beautiful and roomy and spacious. It’s just nice to have new things.”

Megan Petersen covers business and education for The Daily Times. Reach her at 505-564-4621 or mpetersen@daily-times.com.

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