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Mod Pods dedicated

You can call them Learning Cottages or Modular Learning Centers, but if you call the new Middle School Mod Pod “trailers,” Superintendent Donna Power said jokingly, she will kick you out!

Power, beaming with pride, addressed a large crowd of teachers, parents, school board members and a few students at the dedication ceremony held on Monday.

Middle schools students walked into the new school on Jan. 3 with open, trusting arms according to Power, who has fielded questions from middle school students asking if the 100 year old building that was shut down due to damage will still be their school. Power tells them, “It will always be your school!” Power warns parents that the future is uncertain for the old building but assures them the school board and staff are doing everything they can to see if it can be restored to its former glory by working with FEMA and historical experts.

Power said building mandates and time constraints were challenging, but the teachers worked during their Christmas vacation to ready the building for students returning from break, adding that the Town of Colonial Beach including the Mayor, Council and Town Manager Val Foulds, have

really supported the school’s efforts to get the mod pods built.

School Board Chairman Tim Trivett said, “It’s been a group effort,” and credits Councilman Mike Ham, who was on hand for the celebration, as a huge supporter of the schools along with the rest of the council.

Trivett hopes that the new school is temporary, and said his goal is to work towards rebuilding a new school to combine all the students on one campus.

High School student Brooke Payne, may have something to say about that however. Brooke often attends many more functions than the average student, being the daughter of school board member Michelle Payne. When asked about the effects on the high school students having the middle school students on their campus she said “They’re adapting.” Brooke said the middle school students don’t move as fast as the high school students. On a few occasions the two schools schedules overlap resulting in high school and middle school students sharing the halls during bells.

An estimated crowd of about 50 people turned out on the chilly, wet day to celebrate in the halls, which are currently clear since lockers still wait outside against the building. The building is open under a temporary occupancy permit with only one issue left to solve - whether to place lockers in the halls or the classrooms of the new school. School officials are waiting for direction from the fire marshal.

Linda Farneth

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