The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Local News

November 5, 2012


Medina Journal-Register — HOLLEY — The $30 million capital campaign at the Holley Central School District will still be in-progress when the Class of 2013 graduates this summer, but seniors and all other students are benefiting as signs of improvement multiply across the Lynch Road campus.

In the high school, new science classrooms shine on the north end of the building and a new, modern cafeteria does the same on the south end.

For the students in Dan Orbacker’s chemistry and physics classes, and those taking earth science, biology and the hands-on technology classes, the changes are like night-and-day. Orbacker’s classroom at the end of school is bathed in natural light, as large windows frame the lab stations lining the windows.

“(The big differences?) Windows, I never had them before,” Orbacker said. “I love it, it’s a fantastic location, much better.”

Science teachers got to chose whether their rooms would include lab tables as desks or as stations lining the walls around regular desks. In the on-the-wall rooms, gas jet, sinks and safety items like an emergency shower are all prevelant.

“I have a classroom and a lab section, it’s really been great,” Orbacker added. “My students love it.”

Across the way, the lunch periods had ended, but Superintendent of Schools Bob D’Angelo beamed as he showed off both the brand new lunch-line area and the bright — there’s a theme — dining area featuring floor to ceiling windows.

In addition to providing multiple lines for selecting food and an expansive time for eating, conversations and homework, D’Angelo said the new facility has brought a warmer atmosphere due to pride from students.

“It’s much more orderly,” D’Angelo said. “With the new cafeteria, students have behaved much better because it looks better.”

Those glimmering bookends are still connected by a hallway with ongoing work visible in the ceiling, floor and walls, but the completed changes now outweigh what’s left. D’Angelo said that 70 percent of the work was completed during a walkthrough late last month.

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