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Morse adds new enhancements to go with the classroom renovations

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State-funded banners and paint were added by renovators in Morse to make the school look nicer for the 2017-2018 school year and later.

This year, Morse is going through one of two phases. The first and current phase will consist of changing the paint, carpets, desks, chairs, cabinets, and promethean boards, as well as adding murals, flags, and a clock tower. This plans to be finished by Apr. 2018, which all in all, will cost seven million dollars.

Phase two will start in 2019. It will result in a new performing arts center and the demolishment of the Twain building, which will cost 45 million dollars.

“I feel like the changes are creating a more sleek and modern environment to learn in,” said Sarah Thomas, the Opportunity Success teacher and the lead person of the modernization project in Morse.

The two-phase reconstruction is part of the modernization project, a voted state proposition that California schools are going through in the next couple of years.

A small team consisting of staff, parents, and community members chose colors and furniture types, while, the district took on other aspects, such as the style of desks. Thomas noted that the flooring was old and that adding colors to the walls were necessary.

The renovations became long and hard, in which teachers have moved to temporary classrooms and construction workers have demolished, fixed, and added new furniture.

“This process was long and stressful on all of us, but the result is worth it,” Thomas said.

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