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    Contractors have been working on the Summit High School renovations for over a year now, and they have been working even harder since September 11.  Since September 11 many people have been working on rebuilding buildings.  For this part of our web page, we interviewed several people who are a part of the high school: an Honors English teacher, a Summit High School Junior, a Summit High School construction worker, and the president of the Summit Historical Society are interviewed on this page.

Interview #1
One of Summit High School's English Teachers

Question: How do you feel about the construction?
Answer:    I think the project is an important one that will benefit teachers and students.  But there are major inconveniences that make it hard to concentrate and to work efficiently.

Question Does the construction seem to bother the students or teachers more?
Answer: Equally.

Question: Do you like the work that is being done? Why?
Answer: Yes, it will provide convenience and services for students.

Question: Do you feel that the construction is necessary? Why?
Answer: Yes, more room is needed.
 
 

Interview #2
The president of the Summit Historical Society

Question:How do you feel about the construction that is going on at the high school?
Answer: I like the appearance of the new addition, and it probably accommodates the needs of sports for the girls and the computer room.  Since enrollment in elementary schools is extremely high, the need for the larger Summit High School will be very obvious.

Question: Why did the high school move to a different location?
Answer: They needed a new building with more room for the students.

Question: How many students were in the graduating class of the first high school in its first years? How many teachers?
Answer: There were twenty-two students and one teacher.

Question: How long have you worked at the Summit Historical Society?
Answer:   Five years.

Question: What did you do before you worked at the historical society?
Answer: I taught third and fourth grade at Lincoln Elementary School.

Question: Do you live in Summit? If so, how long?
Answer: I have lived in Summit all of my life, as did my parents and their parents.

Interview #3:
A Summit High School Junior

Question: How do you feel about the construction?
Answer: I'm a little indifferent about the construction; I don't care either way.

Question: Does it seem to bother the students or the teachers more?
Answer: It doesn't seem to bother anyone.

Question: Do you like the work being done? If so, why or why not?
Answer: It's nice to have the school bigger.

Question: Do you feel the addition is necessary? Why or why not?
Answer: I feel it is necessary because we are going to have more and more students every year.

Question: How do your friends feel about the construction?
Answer: They love it!

Question: What is one of your friend's view?
Answer: "What construction?" said his friend.
 

Interview #4:
Mr. Allgood, construction worker

Question: How long have you been working on the high school?
Answer: I have been working there since December 2000.

Question: Do you think the construction will benefit the town?
Answer: It will only benefit the students of the community because they are the only ones that the new technology in the new building will be available to, but ultimately, because all this new technology is available to the students; the community will benefit.

Question: Did the school make any changes to the look of the building in the middle of the construction?
Answer: There were no real major changes, a few minor ones, though. The overall construction has remained the same.

Question: Have you worked on any other school construction before?
Answer: Yes, I worked on an elementary school in Westfield, an elementary school in Newark, and I've helped make renovations on an elementary school in Newark.

Question: What kind of reactions were given to you by the community?
Answer: We've had a variety of reactions.  There was a woman, who went to the high school, and who has children old enough to go to the high school who loved the idea of the attention since nothing had been done to the school for 30 years. We've also had some older members of the community who are concerned about the tax dollars spent.  Also, whether or not the addition will benefit the town.


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