Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — The light that comes from tall windows, high ceilings and open spaces is one of the most welcome changes resulting from the renovations at Bountiful High School, according to school leaders.
Yes, there are new elevators, updated classrooms and a commons/cafeteria area, but several at the ribbon-cutting ceremony mentioned the addition of light.
“Isn’t it nice,” said Barbara Smith, a member of the Davis School Board, who spoke at the event last Wednesday. “What I like best is all the light that was brought in with this addition that wasn’t there before.”
Smith, a BHS alumni, said the school she attended was much smaller, though the number of students was the same.
“We didn’t know it was small,” she said. “We got an excellent education, had great friends and everyone was involved.”
She encouraged current students to do the same.
“Get an excellent education in an environment that’s conducive to learning, making good friends and relationships,” she said.
The new commons area is a great place for students to gather, said Greg Wiley, principal.
“We’re social creatures and it is really nice to have a nice, state-of-the-art gathering place,” he said. “It builds a sense of pride. We’re very appreciative of the taxpayers and the community who, by supporting the (2009) bond, supported the renovation.”
Parts of the school are 50 or 60 years old, said Wilkey, but a decision was made to preserve it and give it what Wilkey called “a spruce-up job.”
“We just couldn’t bear to tear the old building down,” he told those gathered, after calling the building a really “magical place.”
About 80 to 85 percent of the building is now air conditioned, he said, adding that he hopes the upgrade will give the school many more years.
“It’s a big change,” said one of the students gathered for the ribbon cutting.
“It opened it up more so we can get places faster,” said another.
“There is more light and it’s more modern,” said a third.
“What makes BHS so special is the people,” said Wilkey. “The core, the heart of BHS, are the students.”