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posted: Wed, Sep 13th, 2017

New building improvements completed

Guests participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony: Anthony Gianforcaro, architect; John Kehmna, board member; Glenn Miller, director of buildings and grounds; Kevin Stansberry, high school principal; Liz Ouimet, board president; Dr. Larrie Reynolds, superintendent of schools; William Robinson, board member; Brian Schaechter, board member; Rhonda Cohen, board member; Anthony Giordano, board member; Anthony Strillacci, board vice president.

This past summer was a busy one for Buildings and Grounds director, Glenn Miller, architect, Anthony Gianforcaro, the custodial team, contractors, and others involved in the various building improvements completed at Mount Olive High School. Ready to start the new school year, some of the improvements occurred on the academic level, while others made infrastructure improvements around the school.

Mr. Kevin R. Stansberry, MOHS principal, said the construction on the new stadium began back in May and the certificate of occupancy was secured in time for the football team's September 8th home game against Morris Knolls. Liz Ouimet, Mount Olive Board of Education president, and Dr. Larrie Reynolds, superintendent of schools, led the ribbon-cutting ceremony, surrounded by Central Office Administrations, members of the Board of Education, the MOHS Administration Team, and the architect on the project.

Regarding the new stadium, Alex Pisieczko, a sophomore at MOHS, said, "I was in awe. I couldn't believe that our school has something so amazing. Compared to the old bleachers, the student section had a lot more energy. I can't wait for all the other games."

Sophomores Emily Hrynoweski, Olivia Emerick, and Aliyah Lloyd agreed with Pisieczko that the student section was more "hype" than ever before.

The stadium construction project consisted of new paved pathways to the stadium, fold-down seats, a canopy to cover the seats, new bathrooms, and a new concession stand. It has a capacity to seat over 2,000 people and complements the new turf field and lights that were installed the previous year.

Junior, Rebecca Halterman appreciates the new stadium and is looking forward to more infrastructure improvements around the school, including upcoming bathroom renovations.

Additional improvements made around the school included renovating eight classrooms on the 3rd floor. Projects in these rooms included new tiling on the floors and ceiling, new LED lighting, and new dry erase boards replacing the blackboards. The remaining eight classrooms on this floor are slated for future renovations to continue to improve the learning environment for all students. Furniture upgrades will also be forthcoming, such as changing out some of the older desks to newer set-ups with tables and chairs.

Another renovation this summer was the construction of a new utility room next to the auxiliary gym. The room is 50' X 60' and features wall mats with an MO Marauders design. This space will be utilized by the new Air Force Jr. ROTC, Physical Education classes, wrestling, and dance teams.

The parking lots and campus roads were also resealed, and the exterior walls continue to be painted with a dual purpose of aesthetics and creating a seal on the brick to make the building's exterior more durable.

Mr. Stansberry said, "We are fortunate to have the support of the Board of Education and the community to provide the best environment for the students and staff."

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