Story by: Rebekah Street, Anna Maria Gardiner and Robin Hendricks
School doors open to reveal yet another year where nothing is quite the same.
Previously scattered departments are now closely huddled together in their own little sections of the school to talk and coordinate amongst themselves with more ease.
This convenience is forcing teachers to leave their old beloved rooms and attempt to add personality to the plain white walls of their new rooms down the hall.
“I think that there are advantages and disadvantages to [moving classrooms],” social studies teacher Laurie Humphrey said. “The advantage is that I get to talk to social study teachers about common issues that we may be having in our classes. The disadvantage is that we can’t have any cross-curricular discussions between classes.”
Along with the student mass exodus to Spring Hill, several teachers left the building because of moves, retirement or relocation to the new Health Science building, leaving their classrooms behind.
“Some of these classes are currently being used for storage,” clerical assistant Cathy Campbell said, “and some classrooms are occupied part-time since some teachers only teach on A-Days or B-Days, or only use their classroom whenever necessary due to their job.”
Though the number of teachers let go should have been proportionate to the number of students leaving, there are classes filled to the brim with students while some classrooms go unused.
“My history class has way too many people. Every desk is full,” junior Matthew Weeks said. “It’s bad because you have less teacher-student interaction but you also have more people to communicate and work with.”
Universities such as Harvard and Yale are especially revered for their small faculty-to-student ratio, which gives way to smaller classes with more communication between the teachers and students.
“I would rather my class be too small than too big because you get to know the people so well and the class is less distracting,” Matthew said.
Freshman were not the only ones carrying maps and asking the Teacher Cadets where to find their classrooms this year.
“Teachers expect seniors to know where all of the classes are ,” senior Alejandro Samperio said, “but it’s been difficult so far because we are just as confused as everyone else trying to figure out where their teachers have moved to.”
Since the separate departments are clustered, they are further away from one another and create a hassle for students trying to get from point A to point B on time.
“My classes were a lot closer together last year because all of the subjects were mixed up,” sophomore Talor Gamble said. “I pretty much was always on the same floor. Now it’s scattered everywhere and I’m running all over the place.”
While a new school year starts, teachers and students alike learn to adjust to hallways they had never before ventured.
“I don’t like the way that classrooms are organized now because it gets confusing since I’m used to knowing where everything is,” Alejandro said. “I know I’ll get to used to it though, it’s just going to take some time.”