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Brooks students, parents say 'wow' to their new facility

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Back to School 2010

By Stephen Thomas

BROOKS - The hard hats worn by the Brooks faculty and staff was a sign to show they are truly working to build an entire community.

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That was the theme portrayed at the Brooks Elementary open house, the first time students and parents were allowed inside the new facility.

The event was also the first time for teachers to meet face-to-face with the many students redistricted from other schools.

Principal Cheri Lineweaver greeted as many guests as possible. She said the event allowed for building familiarity.

“There’s a lot of excitement to get into a new building,” she said. “With so many new students we wanted to relieve some anxieties.”

To incorporate the concept of a blending and building community, all Brooks teachers met with families in the school cafeteria.

“This was not a traditional open house,” said Lineweaver. “We did it this way to gather everyone together. The teachers didn’t have to worry about fixing up their rooms. We’ll have a formal open house later in the year.”

A gymnasium and library were still incomplete, though classroom areas were ready for opening day, along with most of the administrative offices. Lineweaver said the cafeteria was ready to serve lunch.

Despite finishing touches, most feedback was positive about the new facility and the welcoming of new students to the Brooks community.

Kerrie Fullen, a new Brooks parent, spoke at past School Board meeting in protest of her son, Bailey, leaving Freedom Elementary. However, a visit with Brooks officials and a tour of the new facility eased her concerns.

“It was sad to leave Freedom but I feel good about things here now, having been here,” Fullen said.

School Board member Lorraine McLaughlin was among the distinguished guests attending the open house.

“The colors are wonderful,” McLaughlin said upon her first impression of the school. “The kids are going to love it, it’s so bright and cheerful.”

Hillview mayor Jim Eadens was pleasantly surprised with Brooks’ upgrade from the building that hosted classes for over 40 years.

“It’s a long time coming,” said Eadens. “It’s just awesome.”