Wednesday, October 1, 2003

CovCath adapts to finishing touches


School construction to wrap in 2 months

By William Croyle
Enquirer contributor

PARK HILLS - Covington Catholic High's new $10 million school building and gymnasium addition opened Sept. 15.

Well, at least part of it did.

Students have been relegated to the first floor of the new building while the second and third remain under construction.

But CovCath Principal Mike Clines said everybody at the all-boys school is holding up well.

"The kids and faculty have been very flexible, open and encouraging," Clines said Tuesday. "Morale has been great around here."

It's a little unconventional, but everyone has adapted. Classes that cannot be held on the first floor are in the gym and cafeteria, with curtains separating each class.

Those areas are where the 480 students will remain until Oct. 20, when the second floor is scheduled to open. The third floor will open in mid-November, in time for the start of the second quarter.

"It's a little hard with all the noise," junior Scott Hackman said of the makeshift classrooms. "You just have to pay attention a little more."

The 83,193-square-foot building replaces the outdated 47,000-square-foot facility that was built in 1954 and razed this year.

The gym, built the same year, received some major improvements, including new restrooms, concessions and locker rooms.

There will be 34 classrooms in the new school with two computer labs on the second floor and science labs on the third floor.

"Each teacher has been assigned a classroom, and we'll have two rooms left over," said Clines. "That's almost unheard of in schools today."

Students and faculty will also see some longer days in the upcoming months. Dismissal is currently at 2:30 p.m. That will be extended to 3:25 p.m. in the second and third quarters to make up for the late start date.




TOP STORIES
Bush drops in, nets $1.7M
Bush's approval rate slipping in Kentucky
Don't like yellow? Maybe it will fade
Homework only takes hour or so
Homework expert: Parents, be positive
Cost of repairs: Priceless
Research at UC pulls in $309M
UC research pulling in large grants
Judge releases jailed woman

IN THE TRISTATE
Farm connects class to land
Cover those plants tonight
Clerk asks for Web site ruling
Scam artist pleads guilty
Regional Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Bronson: Maybe you can help Foxy find her way back home
Howard: Good Things Happening

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Ohio 28 relief likely remote
Permit application rouses residents
Couple accused of stealing IDs of son, daughter
Warren airport growth gets OK
College board gets first members

OBITUARIES
Sergeant Tom Lach, 44, served at Gitmo
Lora Mockbee known for egg business
Kentucky obituaries

OHIO
New moves by state could lead to more billboards
Victims ask for rights clause
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Benefit to help pay for 15-year-old's funeral
Governor candidates espouse N.Ky. needs
CovCath adapts to finishing touches
Campbell senior center expands
Prepaid college tuition less inviting in Ohio, Kentucky
Kentucky to do