Transition to Mountain View, Honey Run is going well | Nvdaily
QUICKSBURG – Much progress is being made at Mountain View High School and Honey Run Elementary School to replace items such as scoreboards and uniforms due to the renaming of both schools.
On July 1, Stonewall Jackson High School was renamed Mountain View High School and Ashby Lee Elementary School became Honey Run Elementary School. The name change was part of a 2020 resolution condemning racism and affirming the division’s commitment to an inclusive school environment for all.
Mountain View High School principal Mike Dorman said on Tuesday that a new softball field scoreboard and a new football field scoreboard are expected to be installed very soon.
Recently, the school had new floors installed in the main gymnasium and the auxiliary gymnasium. Dorman said the auxiliary gymnasium had a man on a horse holding a flag in the center of the floor. In the main gymnasium, there was the SJ emblem in red. Now both floors have the MV emblem in black in the center of the floor. The MV will also replace the SJ on the bleacher side.
Dorman said there was no need to replace the entire dashboard inside the main gymnasium. The SJ emblem will need to be replaced with the MV emblem, but the rest of the dash will remain.
Mountain View also has new clocks, which have the Mountain View logo instead of a Stonewall Jackson logo.
Stonewall Jackson lettering at the top of the entrance has been replaced with Mountain View. Dorman said school officials are still waiting for work crews to replace signage near the road, but he expects this to be done before school starts on August 5.
Inside the school there is paint that needs to be done to replace where it says SJ or Stonewall Jackson on the walls. Dorman said a paint crew should arrive soon to do so.
One of the costliest parts of the name change is replacing all of the team’s uniforms. Dorman said all the fall uniforms are in place except for the football he is expecting shortly. Dorman said the football helmets will stay but will receive MV stickers to replace the SJ sticker.
He said all of the coaches worked with the school uniform rep on the designs each sport would like to have.
The transition hasn’t been so big for Honey Run Elementary School principal Tiffani Utz. She said there weren’t many references to the name of the school inside the building.
Lettering on the outside of the entrance has been replaced by Honey Run Elementary School and Utz said she expects signage along the road to be done in the coming weeks.
Utz said they were awaiting the arrival of a new mat at the entrance as well as new benches indicating the Honey Run Elementary School.
Utz, who returns to Honey Run as principal after spending the past year as principal at WW Robinson Elementary, laughed that the biggest adjustment she and everyone else has had to make has been to look after herself. remember answering the phone as Honey Run instead of Ashby Lee. .
Utz was Ashby Lee’s manager for two years before moving to WW Robinson and she said she was happy to be back.
“I am delighted to be back,” said Utz. “I think it’s probably the most important piece because I was here two years before last year and we created a community separate from the real name of this building. It’s our vision, it’s our mission and that’s what we all are. It’s not about the name of our school, but who we are on the inside and that’s what I’m excited and focused on. “
At Thursday night’s school board meeting, Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Melody Sheppard said the approximate total costs would be around $ 305,000, which is close to initial estimates. Some of the money will be paid for through donations from Shenandoah Forward, a non-profit organization created by school board member Michelle Manning, primarily to raise private funds to offset the costs of the name changes.