BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Boardman Center Middle School on Market Street is doing an extreme makeover over the summer to prepare for its consolidation this fall.
The school, now known as Boardman Center Intermediate, used to be fifth through eighth grade but when kids return, it will be for just fifth and sixth graders. The seventh and eighth graders will attend Glenwood Middle School.
Boardman Center wanted something fresh and different for when they come back. Teachers, students and volunteers pitched in to help with the makeover.
“We have volunteers from area churches and the community. Boardman really supports its schools,” said Principal Randy Ebie.
Kelly Dunlap does not live in Boardman, but wanted to help.
“They needed something to motivate them and just make them feel good about a place to come and learn,” she said. ” [I] felt the need to come over to help out, do whatever I could do.”
For some students, it will be their first time in the school.
“We decided in the fall when everyone comes back, we wanted the school to look different from top to bottom,” Ebie said. “The state testing has really upped the standards for kids and is very challenging. To be able to pull our resources of staff and actual materials to all one building, I think is going to be a very good move.”
Planning for the move has been going on for months and now the work is finally happening.
“We’re painting the hallways, cafeteria…all the doorways,” Ebie said.
An interior designer picked out the paint colors, looking into how certain colors affect young kids and teenagers.
“We want the kids to be excited to come back to school,” Ebie said. “[The paint] is kind of coordinated for the hallways, different classrooms’ colors.”
The entire project is not costing taxpayers anything, thanks to donations, fundraising and support from the Boardman community.
“Sherwin Williams donated a lot of it but then through the donations we’ve gotten through the project, we were able to pay for all the paint,” Ebie said.
Volunteers are working three-hour shifts all week. The first one starts at 9 a.m. and the last one is at 5 in the afternoon.