Wow! Major changes are happening at Highland Park Central Elementary School these days!
In addition to new principal Kelley Norman joining the staff, and new
HPC Facebook and Twitter pages being unveiled, there are also major
structural changes taking place at the school.
Thanks to the overwhelming public support of the Securing Our Future
bond initiative last April, Topeka Public Schools was able to secure
funds to make numerous enhancements across the district. This summer,
the Information Technology department has been implementing many of the
technology upgrades. But the first major structural enhancement has
taken place at Highland Park Central.
The lower level kindergarten
classrooms have long had exterior doors, exposing the children to the
elements and potential security risks each time they moved to another
part of the main building. Deputy Superintendent of Operations Larry
Robbins said, "It was one area that we identified as a security issue
and we wanted to make sure we addressed it as quickly as possible to
make the students safer and more comfortable at school."
ceilings have been cut through to make room for a new interior
staircase, and an exterior hallway and new entryway will be added for
extra security and convenience.
Even the playground has a fresh
look with lots of new mulch. So many exciting new changes at HPC are
sure to make this year an awesome one!