Kendall school improvements have ‘wow’ effect
KENDALL – Expressions such as “I love it,” “It’s beautiful” and “It’s so different,” could be heard throughout Kendall Jr./Sr. High School on Thursday evening as the community toured the major capital improvements at the school.
“Everyone is really excited,” Principal Carol D’Agostino said. “Everyone thinks it is so bright and new.”
She noted that the open house to kick off the school year was truly a community gathering with the Sports Boosters’ Chicken Barbecue, informational displays/booths set up by GCASA, WEMOCO, Kendall Music Boosters and the Kendal PTSA, which sold root beer floats for $1. Entertainment was provided by Kendall band and chorus students.
The school campus has received extensive renovations, plus a new cafeteria in the Jr./Sr. High School, all part of a $25 million capital project.
“People are walking in and saying ‘Wow,'” Kendall Superintendent Julie Christensen said. “They say it is beautiful and amazing. People who went to school here are shocked at the transformation. The kids are beaming.”
The project includes new roofs for both the Elementary and Jr./Sr. High School buildings, as well as energy efficient improvements, heating and ventilation work, and updated security measures. Both sites also have improvements to parking lots and sidewalks.
“I haven’t been here in 16 years,” former Kendall student Kate Czeh said. “I’m getting lost. It’s so different. It’s beautiful. I don’t even recognize it as Kendall.”
Debbie Nowak, a member of the custodial staff for 20 years, said it is the biggest construction project to take place in the time she has worked at Kendall.
“It’s been a lot of work, it’s been non-stop cleaning,” she noted and added that the project still isn’t complete. “It will be a another year before it’s done.”