Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

December 14, 2012

Visitors say new school ‘amazing’

Carrie Stambaugh
The Independent

CANNONSBURG — Thousands of Boyd Countians got their first peek at the new Boyd County High School on Thursday night.

The reaction?

“I love it. I think it’s going to be a great new experience for us,” said BCHS junior Mikayla Woods, one of the student tour guides. “It is absolutely beautiful. To know that I’m going to be the first full-year class to walk through these halls is mind blowing. I’ve watched it be built from the ground up and it’s been remarkable to watch, to look at,” Woods said.

“We have better classrooms so our education, I think, will go up and we’ll learn a lot more with the facility we have been provided with,” she said.

Her favorite part of the new school is the library. “I think we’ll have a lot more books, a lot more access to things. In our old library we had a lot of resources, we just weren’t optioned to get to them. Now everything is in the open and we’re welcome to it all,” she said.  

Sarah Scott, a 2002 BCHS graduate, brought her daughters Kaylee, 6, and Allison, 8, to view the new school. Both girls attend Ponderosa Elementary but one day will attend BCHS.

“I think it will be exciting to be here,” said Allison Scott, a second grader. The family had toured the library, sports locker rooms, art classrooms and were in the hallway checking out student lockers. Allison Scott also sang the library praises. Her favorite subject is reading.

“It’s exciting to be here,” said Sarah Scott.“Education is such a big part of any child’s life and having a new school, which I didn’t have, and for them to have all the technology and advancements they have now, it will benefit the girls when they are finally able to be here,” she said.

Don Davis, also a BCHS alumni, and his daughter Faye, an eighth grader at the middle school, also came to check out the new building where she will attend classes next year.

“It’s very nice,” said Mr. Davis. “I’m very pleased with the science, chemistry and biology facilities. The culinary center looked very nice,” he said.

“I like the windows. I liked the library. I liked the band room because I’m in the band. It was a lot bigger,” his daughter said. The new state-of-the-art performing arts center to be named in honor of alumni  was also a highlight because she added, “We don’t have one.”

“I’m really excited,” she said, “It’s a lot better than the other high school.”

“It’s nice not to see the buckets in the hallway,” added Don Davis. “Boyd County really needed the upgrade. We were long overdue, and I think they really met the mark with this nice facility.”

He was extremely impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge of the students who were guiding the tours and showing off their new classrooms. “It certainly has given the student body a lot of excitement,” he said.

Dr. Kristy Blankenship, known as “Doc B” is as excited as her students to finally be in her new classrooms — the specially built new labs. Blankenship teaches a variety of biology and chemistry classes. “I am super-duper excited about that fume hood,” she said, pointing across the classroom to the enclosed glass structure. “That just makes it so safe, so much better for the students and for me. There were so many things you were limited to before,” said Blankenship.

“Each one of these lab stations is equipped with everything they need and I can set them up ahead of time,” she said. Each station in the lab has moveable surfaces and there is ample storage, including a secured chemical storage facility. She’s also excited about white boards in the front and back of the classroom and the fact that no student will ever have their back to her. “It’s so much better, it is so much safer,” Blankenship said.

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.