CHS receives a much needed exterior touch up

January 20, 2016 | Madison North

[media-credit id=22 align=”alignnone” width=”500″]New letters on the front of the main building[/media-credit]

The Crestview High School building was built in 1969. Years have gone by with the same faded red paint, cracked parking lot, and broken lettering, undoubtedly calling for a touch up. “It looked terrible!” principal Dexter Day stated. “It was falling apart, all of it. [The letters] had duct tape on them!”

When Day began considering a remodel, he considered the opinions of students attending Crestview High for their input on the situation. He gave the students three options on what they felt would make the school look its best, black on white letters, white on black letters, or red on white letters. Almost all of the students he asked showed interest in the white on black letters, which in the end, was what he settled upon. $3,000 later, CHS had new letters and students school-wide appreciated the much needed improvement.

The paint was another issue. The once bright, vibrant red had dwindled into an almost maroon color, definitely not reflecting the spirit of Crestview High. This issue was a no brainer to fix, but definitely not a quick job. It will be completed in phases, as most students have already noticed. First, the very front of the school was repainted the proper, vibrant red all of the former Crestview Bulldogs remember, following up with different portions of the school. The main reason of the entire exterior not being repainted simultaneously traces back to money. “As soon as we get enough to continue, [we’ll] use it,” Day says.

To paint the entire exterior, a total of $8,000 has to be collected. The money has been and will continue to be collected through the efforts of the School Advisory Committee, FTE, and donations, until every phase of the project is completed. As soon as the school gets enough money to pursue the next phase, it’s put into action; therefore, no planned completion date is present.

Another update CHS received this school year was on the parking lot. Along with the letters and paint, the parking lots were on the list of necessary improvements, due to the countless cars exiting and entering CHS every day. The paint was worn down to the point that you could barely see the parking spot you were pulling into. To fix this problem, Day decided to repave and repaint the parking lots, a huge improvement and advantage to students and staff both. Not only did it improve the curb appeal of the school, the parking lots are smoother and easier to drive on. This project has a made a huge difference, benefiting even those who don’t own a car.

The CHS motto is “Academics, Arts, Athletics.” “Academics is the main priority, the most important,”  Day said. Day plans to make “Academics” stand out more on the sign you see as you enter the school to show the importance of academics at CHS.

Once the paint and sign project are completed, CHS will have one more exterior update. The bulldog at the entrance was once a spotless white, but over the years has become dingy and grayed since taking its place as the centerpiece of the CHS entrance. It is planned for the bricks, acting as a base of the bulldog, to be changed to either red, white, or black to give a more finished appearance. Lastly, the bulldog itself will be repainted a spotless white to look good as new.

As Day says, it’s like owning a car. If you leave the car and don’t put any effort into taking care of it, the car will grow old and unusable. But, if you continuously put effort into washing and waxing it, you can make a 50 year old car look brand new. He has that outlook on the school; no matter the age of the building, as long as you keep up with it, you can make it look and function as it did when it was first built.

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