The New and Improved Fairview Middle School
Article by Robert Soden
Fairview Middle School, located on the corner of Central Avenue and East Parkway, recently completed renovations revamping classroom facilities, as well as the auditorium, cafeteria and gymnasium. Although the renovations were extensive, the school was able to maintain its art deco style architecture.
Selina Sparkman, Principal of Fairview Middle, urges parents who are on the fence about sending their children to the school to tour the new additions to the school.
“We’re so proud of all the hard work that went into restoring our facilities and all of those involved. I hope parents will visit us first before making a decision to enroll.”
The cafeteria has received new tables along with an updated outdoor patio while the gym has received a significant expansion as well.
“I nearly cried when they showed us the inside and I don’t cry often,” Sparkman recalls the unveiling of the finished gymnasium.
On the evening of November 13th, members of the Cooper-Young Community Association were given the opportunity to see the new classroom facilities first hand. The tour was given by English and Reading teacher Moriah Dendy.
“We feel like it’s important for the kids to be seeing what they’re learning,” She comments on the ever-expanding display of finished projects along the wall of a classroom, such as miniature roller-coasters built to teach the students about kinetic energy. “I’m still learning it all as well. You just kind of have to get in the flow.”
Although it’s clear that these physical improvements are a new source of pride for the faculty, the real pride comes from the positive results due to changes made to school policy.
Disciplinary problems have dropped 180 percent since Principal Sparkman signed on.
The school is also offering classes for boys-only, girls-only, as well as co-ed depending on the parents’ choice. According to Dendy, this method has also been known to increase the students’ ability to focus in class.
Also in place is a new academic intervention system put in place to minimize student failure.
Art teacher Adrienne Lessarde says, “If you failed something on Monday, then we’re going to do something about it on Tuesday.”
Sparkman believes that the new focus of Fairview will help the students at her school be more prepared for future academic endeavors.
“Everything is geared toward college. We’re here to help our students get a head start on study habits that will stay with them throughout the rest of their academic careers.”