School construction takes a toll on student life and campus accessibility

By: Morgan Champion

With North Forsyth High School’s extensive four-year construction project beginning to demolish, build, and pave the way for multiple new roads and buildings, both student life and the layout of campus have dramatically changed—sometimes for the worse.

Construction on a new cafeteria and library as well as new classrooms have resulted in the former carpool entrance and main office being relocated to the English building in the back of the school, making morning traffic worse and disabling more than two hallways of classroom space.

To compensate, administration has replaced regular indoor learning areas with trailers, and two of the biggest ones were installed in important parking lots beside the performing arts center and athletic fields. This loss of space in frequently used places forced students to find longer and less accessible routes to class, and handicap access ramps are often blocked and/or not fit for use.

Rising junior Katherine Strube spoke up about the matter. “The construction made it harder to get around, and it took longer to get to class.”

There is also a sanitary concern among students. “There can be a lot of debris,” says rising junior Katelyn Champion, who has witnessed the before and after effects of the project. Often, there is dirt everywhere, and people tend to get dirty, especially on rainy days, and with such a big campus, it is hard to prevent walking outside.

So, is the renovation of North Forsyth High School taking a toll on students and the accessibility of campus? The answer is absolutely. Although the school will be gorgeous, renovated, and perfectly fit for thousands of students and faculty once completed, the construction “will not be resolved until high school No. 6 (a new high school) opens in 2018,” states Forsyth County News, meaning that the classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019, will have to endure constantly changing landscapes, overcrowding, and muddy roads at some point during their high school careers.

This is obviously a problem. Although the needs for most of the construction are legitimate, they should not be overpowering the daily routines of students or distracting them from learning. In one school year alone, North Forsyth experienced over three power outages, and often times; the Internet was slow and didn’t work because of technical difficulties with the construction. Therefore, students and teachers were unable to proceed with most classroom activities because, in this day and age, almost everything relies on electricity. There’s also the issue of traffic, among other things.

Construction is not a bad thing; but for the sake of the student body, there needs to be accommodations for the space and time lost in the process, or consider the time, the money, and the work spent over these next four years to be for nothing.