Hammers swinging, power tools buzzing, new lights, flooring and tile. These were the sights and sounds at a few of our Minnick Schools as crews worked hard on exciting new updates. Several projects have been underway to get the schools ready for the 2017-2018 school year.

“Our students, staff and parents are very excited about the work taking place in the Roanoke and Bristol schools. We have appreciated the hard work of everyone involved, particularly our staff as they have packed and unpacked lots of boxes in preparation for all of the changes!” says Terri Webber, Director of Education for LFSVA.

Bristol classroom. Photo by Jessica Neighoff

Bristol Minnick
Remodeling at Bristol Minnick was started in June and wrapped up at the end of July. Two large classrooms with observation rooms were added to each wing of the school. The project was funded by donations through the NAP Tax Credit program.

“The Bristol school has two new classrooms — both large, open spaces that will allow for important learning centers and technology to be placed throughout the classrooms, and lots of elbow room for students,” says Webber.

Roanoke Minnick – Vocational Campus
A two-month renovation recently wrapped up at the Roanoke Minnick School Vocational Campus. Floors in the school were replaced with tile, all rooms were repainted, cabinets and appliances were replaced in the kitchen area and a shower was added. This project was also funded by donations through the NAP Tax Credit program.

Roanoke Minnick – Main Campus
Work is still underway at the Roanoke Minnick main campus. Already completed projects include new carpets in the entry way and administrative offices and new blinds throughout the building. Upcoming projects include adding a shower, new carpet in the classrooms, acoustical treatment in the hallways and gym and new LED lights in the vestibule. Construction will be completed before the start of classes in late August.

Roanoke Minnick Lights. Photo by Jessica Neighoff

The Roanoke Minnick Main Campus renovations were made possible by a grant from Marietta McNeill Morgan and Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee and donations from the community.

“Roanoke’s new carpeting, lighting, and soundproofing go a long way in providing a beautiful work space for everyone, and a more comfortable space for our students with environmental sensitivity issues,” says Webber.

Minnick School teachers and staff are looking forward to a new school year in the recently updated spaces.