"In my 41 years, this may be my busiest summer ever."
So says Wood County Schools Superintendent Dr. James Patrick Law. That's partly because of changes that have been implemented by the recently-passed West Virginia education reform package, and because of funding for school buildings Wood County Schools received last spring. In the latter category, renovations have been made this summer to Edison Middle School.
"We have a portion of the building that's been built on fill, and we have some slippage there, so we're doing some structural repairs, Dr. Law says. "Plus, we're preparing for a whole new additon of classrooms and a connecting walkway and a whole new office for the school."
On the administrative side, new employee hiring practices went into effect on the first of july, and a new teacher evaluation program is in effect for this fall.
"We're still training our principals, we're in the mode to begin training our staff on how that's to be done," Dr. Law says. "And it's a number of changes that's going to be different than what we're used to in the future."
And Stadium Field's bleacher renovation isn't the only project involving a sports venue. Work also has been under way on improvements to the track at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.
And superintendent law believes that, while PHS's first home game of the season already has been moved, Stadium Field will be able to be used for at least part of the big reds football season.