Durham high school in state of disrepair would get rebuilt if $91M bond passes

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — This election, voters are making a decision about four bond referendums in Durham County.

Leaking ceilings have caused paint to peel at Northern High School (Derrick Lewis/CBS North Carolina)
Leaking ceilings have caused paint to peel at Northern High School (Derrick Lewis/CBS North Carolina)

One of those includes a $91 million school bond. If approved, some of that money would go towards rebuilding Northern High School, a school that senior Andrew Horne said “is really old.”

Chipped paint from a leaking ceiling, masking tape holding together a HVAC unit, and broken door handles are just some of the problems students deal with at the high school.

“It looks very sloppy,” said Northern High School junior Khenedi Daniels.

If voters approve the $91 million school bond on Nov. 8, future students at the school will get a new building.

“I wake up in the morning like, ‘Oh my God, I have to go to the same-looking school every day,'” Khenedi said. “I feel like if we had a change, it would make me want to come more because I’ll be like, ‘Oh it’s new, I got to see what’s going on.’”

Students would stay in their current building during construction, which would happen on a field at the school, and then move once the new building is ready.

“I feel like if we had a new school, students would appreciate the school more than what it is. I feel like people treat our school like trash,” Horne said.

Masking tape holds together an HVAC unit at the school (Derrick Lewis/CBS North Carolina)
Masking tape holds together an HVAC unit at the school (Derrick Lewis/CBS North Carolina)

Durham School Board officials said the school has reached the point where it would cost more to renovate the school than to create a new, energy efficient modern building.

Students said the upgrade would improve their mood.

“It would make us learn better if we’re in a room that’s like lit up and all pretty and looks technical and stuff like that,” Khenedi said.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s