School must adapt after change


Over the summer, West Lafayette High School underwent major changes both cosmetic and practical.   The old locker bay was removed, the cafeteria was expanded (if you were wondering why carpet was put in, the floor was too damaged for tile) and a string of new classrooms were installed.

A sense of community is essential to a strong high school experience, and although that togetherness can come from shared traditions, we also recognize the need to continuously move forward and adapt.  As much we might miss art classes in back rooms, windowed World Language classes or stories traded in the locker bay at lunch, we can still understand the need to be properly equipped and have enough rooms to go around.

Those changes do not have to mean giving up everything we liked about the school.  As with any transition, there are still problems that need to be worked out.  Lunches are now cramped and at times chaotic; the eleventh grade hallway is almost impassable.  To help, we suggest that the administration helps us use the space in the student commons to its fullest potential.  The area around the outside and in the middle could easily hold more tables, and the tables and chairs that are there could hold more people and be more stable.  The size and success of school functions held in the commons proves to us that using the space better could take students out of the old locker bay and give everyone a little more room to breathe.

Part of the disorganization of the school is rooted in the fact that lockers are no longer sorted by grade.  The traditional rite of passage of moving east towards the senior locker bay might not ever apply again, but it was still nice to know exactly where you needed to go to find someone, or be surrounded by your peers in the morning.  The staff of the Scarlette thinks that in years to come, priority should be given to keeping grades together, or at the very least on the same floor.

For the majority of current students, the old West Side will always be our West Side, and despite its flaws, it isn’t likely that anything else will live up to that standard.  The vision new and future students have won’t ever be exactly the same as ours, but that shouldn’t stop us from making theirs just as special.

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