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NERMS renovations

As Northeastern Randolph Middle School (NERMS) prepares for its 19th class, the school has undergone an "extreme makeover".  Due largely to ongoing support of the Randolph County Board of Commissioners and the Randolph County School System's "Nine-Year Facilities Upgrade/Repair Plan," NERMS has been re-roofed, painted, and had gym doors and carpeting replaced.  Along with smaller projects like re-upholstery of media center furniture, replacement of basketball padding, gym floor refinishing, locker painting, and landscape overhaul, the school will welcome students to a virtually new school facility. All projects should wrap up in the next few weeks.

A number of groups and organizations have worked together to leverage the renovations funded by the school system to make sure students experience a top-notch facility.  Fred Burgess of Modern Woodmen collaborated with the schools to help to re-upholster the media center furniture and NERMS' Athletic Booster Club, under the direction of President Lisa Griffith, paid to replace the worn pads behind the basketball goals, which now feature the school's Husky logo. The NERMS renovations have truly been a community effort. Principal Dana Johnson said, "The Randolph County School System Maintenance Department did an extraordinary job of renovating a nearly 20-year-old facility to first-rate condition over the summer break, so as not to interfere with instruction.  There are newer schools, but Northeastern just became the flagship of Randolph County facilities." Johnson continued, "I am grateful for the support of the RCSS administration and staff along with our community partners for their efforts to keep Northeastern firmly On The Road to Success."

Renovations were carried out with high quality and professionalism under the direction of Maintenance Director Larry Chilton and Assistant Director Randy Wilson.  Tim Scotton, RCSS Painting Foreman, accomplished a very demanding Husky blue and gray paint scheme.  Superintendent Dr. Stephen Gainey and Finance Director Todd Lowe championed the "Nine-Year Facilities Upgrade/Repair Plan" and secured funding from the County Commissioners that enabled NERMS renovations such as roof and door replacement.

NERMS' custodial staff, directed by Gary Patterson, had a particularly demanding summer, as every single piece of furniture and equipment in the school had to be moved for painting and carpet replacement, and then moved again for floor waxing.  Assistant Principal Ralph Jarrett, who oversaw the many moving pieces of the projects at the school level, said, "Students always return to a great looking and clean facility in the fall, thanks to a first-rate custodial staff, but this year students and parents are in for a real treat."

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