The third phase of construction is under way at Delaware Hayes High School.
Delaware Hayes High School Ric Stranges said Friday that the summer will be spent renovating the inside out Hayes and will add a new cafeteria, entrance and fitness area and will reconfigure the main office area.
Stranges said one of the most noticeable renovations will be adding a waiting area at the entrance of the school. Stranges said the main entrance doors will be moved closer to the drop off loop at the east end of the school and said the current airlock will be transformed into a waiting room to improve safety for students.
Stranges said the new entrance will create a “grander” face for Hayes.
The main entrance hallway is also getting a new floor and a hallway is being created that will lead visitors directly back to the guidance office. Stranges said this change was approved in order to give visitors a direct path instead of having to give complex directions visitors and to increase safety.
In order to create that hallway, several offices have been moved to different locations or shrunk.
Stranges also reported that the boys and girls locker rooms have been completely renovated and new lockers have been brought in. Stranges said the showers in the locker rooms are no longer communal showers and are instead several shower stalls. The water fountains in the locker-rooms now have a separate vertical faucet for water bottles, a feature that was requested by students, Stranges said.
The biggest renovation at Hayes is taking place on the south side of the building as the basement is renovated into a fitness area and the top floor is renovated into new eating space called “The Backstretch.”
The new fitness area is receiving a new coat of paint and rubber flooring and a garage door that will allow student athletes to quickly get outside instead of having to walk to the entrances at either end of the hall. Stranges said the new fitness area will also have a new set of bathrooms.
The top floor on the south side is being renovated into a second eating area called “The Backstretch,” named so because the room will be roughly the size of the homestretch at The Little Brown Jug harness race. Stranges said this area will cut down on the amount of students that will have to eat in the gym and said there will be serving areas at both sides of the room to make lines shorter.
“The early phases [of construction] have been so well received,” Stranges said. “I look forward to unveiling the new spaces to the community. That’s the exciting part. We are so grateful and thankful for our community, and these spaces are for them too.”
The construction will continue through the summer and is projected to concluded by the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903