Summer School: county school system staying busy this summer with facility improvements, learning projects

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Holly Pond High School’s new Family and Consumer Sciences classroom recently opened its doors. (Ashlyn Grey for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – Cullman County School Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette shared a lengthy list of activities that will keep the county system busy through the summer, including several projects that have already been completed, some big projects that will only be started during the break, and lots in between. 

Said Barnette, “There is a lot of work going on right now and into the fall on every campus throughout our school district. We were very conservative and reluctant to start many projects throughout the pandemic due to the uncertainty of the economy. We now have the opportunity to begin many of the much-needed upgrades.” 

Projects recently completed or near completion at this time 

  • New Family & Consumer Science Center at Holly Pond High School  
  • Two additional classrooms at Holly Pond High School 
  • Sealing and striping of several existing parking areas 
  • Paving currently being completed at Parkside, Cullman Area Technology Academy (CATA), Hanceville, West Point Middle and Holly Pond. Paving at West Point, Vinemont, Fairview and Good Hope a few months back; Cold Springs last year 
  • Entrance remodeled at Vinemont Elementary School 
  • New flooring in the West Point Middle School Library 
  • Awnings at West Point Intermediate School, West Point Elementary School, Hanceville Middle School and Vinemont Elementary School 
  • Pavilions at Vinemont High School, Hanceville Middle School and Hanceville Elementary School 
  • Security entrances at West Point Intermediate School, West Point High School, Cold Springs Elementary School, Holly Pond High School, Fairview Elementary School, Fairview High School, Fairview Middle School, Good Hope High School and Good Hope Primary School  

New summer projects 

  • Roof replacements at Fairview Elementary and High School 
  • Roof replacements at West Point High School main building and library 
  • Expanding lunchroom at West Point Elementary and High School and replacing roof of existing lunchroom 
  • 16 classroom additions with new lunchroom at Hanceville Elementary School 
  • Good Hope Middle School library, gym and office additions. These additions will open up areas at the middle school and high school for additional classroom space as well. 
  • New gymnasium at Cold Springs High School 
  • Flooring replacement throughout Vinemont High School 
  • New flooring in parts of West Point High School 
  • New flooring in Vinemont Elementary School library 
  • New flooring in the Holly Pond Elementary/Middle School library 
  • New gym flooring in the elementary gyms at Cold Springs, Hanceville, West Point and Holly Pond  
  • Remodeling the nursing program area at CATA to resemble an emergency room and doctor’s office 
  • Painting and upgrading facilities throughout CATA 
  • Replacing all exterior and interior doors at CATA 
  • Adding HVAC to West Point High School, Holly Pond High School and Fairview High School gyms 
  • Adding baseball field lighting at Harmony School 
  • New football stadium lighting at Fairview High School 
  • Painting on most campuses throughout the district 
  • Adding additional parking at Vinemont Middle School 
  • Replacing HVAC in Hanceville Middle School classrooms 
  • Handicap restrooms at Holly Pond High School and Fairview High School Stadiums 
  • Adding large fans in Hanceville and West Point Middle School gyms 
  • Additional security entrances being installed at several remaining schools 

Barnette said, “Besides the projects listed here, we are also doing many small things that will make a big difference, as well as beginning a major LED lighting and automation overhaul in the early fall that will save our system a lot of money in energy cost.” 

Summer learning programs for students and faculties 

  • Summer school or literacy camps for grades K-12 
  • Hosting “Nuts and Bolts,” a National Professional Development Conference for district educators 

Barnette concluded, “We will be doing work on every campus throughout the district. Great things are happening in Cullman County Schools!” 

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