Feelings of pride, high praise and excitement were in the air this morning among teachers and students, as Strough Middle School’s 801 Laurel St. building returned to use after being closed the past two school years for a building-wide renovation.
“I love it...overwhelming, in a good way,” science teacher Margaret Kemp said of her combination classroom-lab, after she and students had temporarily been located in much smaller facilities at the former Fort Stanwix school building the past two years.
In her 11th year at Strough overall, Kemp said her old room at the Laurel Street site was “less than half this size.” She said of the renovated facility, “I can’t say enough about it....I’m very excited.”
For family and consumer science teacher Ann Capecelatro, “the facility is outstanding.” Capecelatro, in her third year at Strough including spending her first two years at the Fort Stanwix site, said “they did a phenomenal job with the layout of the classroom and labs” in the renovated Laurel Street building.
Capecelatro, whose previous experience included teaching for 10 years in the Whitesboro school district plus administrative positions in the Central Square and Waterville districts, praised the materials and appliances in her new classroom. The overall space is “just going to be phenomenal,” she commented.