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School building with fresh paint on outside doorsHampton City Schools upgrades facilities through PRIDE program

Through the Partnering Responsibly In Delivering Excellence (PRIDE) program, improvements have begun on several HCS schools.

PRIDE is a partnership that includes HCS, the City of Hampton, and GCA Custodial Services. One of the expected outcomes of the PRIDE program is to develop a system of prioritizing facility and grounds maintenance requirements to ensure safe and nurturing environments for teaching and learning.

“We are working really hard to update and freshen the look for our schools,” said Suzy Scott, deputy superintendent for operations and support.

Tyler Elementary School will experience a significant number of improvements. The Division has painted all exterior doors and power-washed the canopy. The Division is also in the process of replacing all windows, replacing ceiling tiles,  installing LED lighting and painting the hallways.

At Forrest Elementary School, the exterior doors and front columns were painted. The exterior rear wall also received a fresh coat of paint. The Hampton Parks and Recreation Department also provided landscape improvements.

School awning with fresh paint“Forrest looks so much better now that the work has been done,” Scott said.

Syms Middle School received a fresh coat of paint on the front window panels and exterior doors. Thanks to the Hampton Public Works Department, all portable classrooms at Syms have been demolished, and the front sidewalk replaced.

“Previously, HCS had 96 portable classrooms across the Division,” Scott said. “Twenty-two were demolished last spring and summer, and nine more are scheduled for demolition.”

The Hampton Parks and Recreation Department is also making landscaping improvements at Syms.

The Division painted the exterior doors and power-washed the front exteriors of Aberdeen, Cooper and Smith elementary schools. Smith will also receive landscape improvements.

The Division scraped the front canopy at Eaton Fundamental Middle School and painted the exterior doors. One portable classroom was demolished and one was relocated. New canopy designs are in progress for Eaton, Syms, and Lindsay middle schools and Spratley Gifted Center.

All of the portable classrooms at Davis Middle School have been demolished. The Division has also made improvements to the front façade, windows and heating/air conditioning and ventilation units. In addition, the Division is in the process of replacing the windows at Booker Elementary School.

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The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.

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