LCJSMS is getting a facelift. The 89 year old school has had the same windows since it was erected in 1922. Why would they change the windows all of a sudden? 

During Governor Corzine’s administration the school was awarded a Regular Operating District (ROD) grant for 1.2 million dollars from the State of New Jersey. But when the state was planning to move ahead with the grant, a new governor, Chris Christie, was elected.  Gov. Christie temporarily put the project on hold, and now over 4 years later the project is finally underway.

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Over time, the performance of the original windows deteriorated. A school custodian explained that the company who manufactured the original windows has since gone out of business, and replacement parts are difficult to find. The shades were fraying and occasionally a window would close by itself in the middle of class. “As a sixth grader you were told never to stick anything out the windows that you didn’t want to lose,” Melissa, an eighth grade student, recalls. But how do other students feel about the updated look and freedom to stick their hands out the window?

There are mixed feelings about the windows - especially from teachers. “I love my new windows, they bring sun and cheer into my room,” says Mrs. Cashen, an eighth grade teacher. On the other hand, another teacher explained, “The color scheme does not match the building, and it ruins the old, historical feeling.”

When an anonymous survey was conducted, 11 percent said that they loved the new windows. “Change is a good thing, they make the school look better,” says Gal, an eighth grade student. But double that, over 22 percent, voted that they strongly disliked the new windows.  “The old ones looked better, the new ones are just wrong with the building,” exclaims Peter, an eighth grade student, who is more accustomed to the old windows.

Currently, most agree that they bring sun and cheer, but that they don’t fit with the school’s aesthetic and historic appeal. Hopefully, with time, people will get past the fact that the old windows are gone and focus on all the positive things the new windows have to offer.

 

Panther Pulse is a column written by students in the grade 8 Digital Newsroom course at LCJSMS in Summit, New Jersey.