MIDWEST CITY — Principal Danette Hall beamed Monday as all 52 members of the Midwest City-Del City School District's maintenance team shuffled around her, carrying ladders, electric drills and paint buckets.
Jarman Middle School, which opened at 5 W MacArthur Drive in 1944, is getting the first major makeover in its 69-year-history, Hall said.
Nestled in the heart of Midwest City, in the town's original square mile, the one-story middle school serves students in grades 6 through 8.
Jarman is first school to benefit from a new district beautification and improvement program.
“It's so exciting, I can't wait for the kids to return and see it all,” said Hall, a Jarman Middle School alumna.
She said the renovations, both large and small, will have a profound impact on student and teacher morale.
“You don't think the little things matter so much. Sometimes you don't even notice them. But when the teachers walk into their classrooms with new blinds and floors, it's going to make a big difference,” she said.
Superintendent Pam Deering suggested the program, which will upgrade one school in the district each summer.
“This program will give one specific school a boost over the summer by allowing the entire team to focus their attention for one week on improving the overall school inside and out,” Deering said.