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New classrooms open amid construction

Dale Thompson, Of the Record staff

For some teachers, construction is over.

The first three new classrooms at Park City High School opened with the new school year.

The rooms are in the basement and have replaced some of the older ones.

Family and consumer science teacher Michelle Provost is excited to be in one of the first new rooms. The construction project is slated to be complete in August 2008.

"It’s huge, it’s beautiful. It’s just so efficient," she said.

The new rooms are being used for a number of classes including sewing, fashion, gourmet foods and beginning foods.

The adjoining sewing room, classroom and kitchen were built first because it would have been more difficult to house family and consumer science classes in the learning cottages, explained Provost.

"They can’t build a temporary kitchen in one of the trailers," she said.

With the help of students, Provost said it took a week of moving, "all day every day" to get situated.

Provost said she is grateful to be in the newest room and is relieved she does not have to worry about the location of her classes being affected by construction.

"I feel really lucky, I’m lucky that I don’t have to move three times," she said.

The teachers moved in before the rooms were 100-percent complete. They still need a few finishing touches such as TV monitors so students can watch the Miner Morning Show and they still need to install ceiling tiles, but Provost said the worst is over.

"It was crazy for about a month. But now, no complaints," Provost said.

A fresh coat of cream-colored paint covers the walls and is accented with red trim. In the sewing room students work at long tables with pale green countertops while sitting in black cushioned chairs. The cupboards are gray, a color Provost said she is not wild about but added it looks nice.

The kitchen has all new appliances including stoves and a fridge. Other new additions include a pantry and new supplies for the year.

Provost said the student’s reaction has been positive.

"They love it," she said.

The added space is appreciated because the students are not working in such close proximity to one another as they learn to cook or sew, Provost said.

"I just think it gives students more room to work, not to feel so crowded," she said.

Working in the new classrooms with new appliances, Provost added, has helped the students to take more pride in their work.

"I think they’re more proud of what they’re doing, because the whole process is just done in this nice facility," she said.


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