Superintendent Rod Priest said the high school got a new roof over the summer. Priest said normally flat roofs last up to 15 years. The old flat roof on the high school, however, had been there for about 25 years. "The ice storm pretty much finished it off," Priest said.
Funds for the new roof came straight from district money, Priest said. The roof is being installed by Allied Construction of Springfield. Priest said the roof has tapered insulation and is made from EPDM rubber.
Over the years, Priest said, the school has been steadily adding new heating and air conditioning units that are more energy efficient.
New carpet was also laid in the library and the business lab.
Priest said the Thayer Athletic Improvement Organization will most likely finish the new field house on the football field. The organization works through volunteer labor. "The district is very thankful for their work," Priest said.
This is also the first year the high school is offering online dual-credit courses through Three Rivers Community College, Priest said. Though the school already offers history and computers for learning classes as dual-credit, the online courses will allow students to take college writing, algebra-one, American history, psychology and sociology classes.
As for the elementary school, Priest said, this will be the third and last year for the Reading First Program. There will also be a new art teacher in elementary, Jennifer Winchester.
The high school will also be welcoming Kenneth McGinness as its new art teacher.
An elementary open house is scheduled for Aug. 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and seventh grade orientation is scheduled the same day at 6:30 p.m.