Monday morning is a busy day for schools across West Virginia. Students say goodbye to their summer break and say hello to the new school year. That is, unless you attend one of three schools in Mason County, which include Hannan Junior-Senior High School, New Haven Elementary, or Wahama Junior-Senior High. The schools are closed Monday, but will be open on Tuesday. Students may be ready for school, but the school isn't ready for the students.
Hannan Junior-Senior High is a little school that has been through a lot in the past year. But on Tuesday morning, students won’t be walking in mud. They will walk through the halls of a newly renovated school. Hannan is one of the Mason County Schools undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation.
Jim Wilson has been an educator since the 1960's. He taught at Hannan for 30 years, retired, and then went back as Assistant-Principal this year. He says it’s hard to believe the school has undergone such a dramatic change.
“The original Hannan high school was built in 1939,” said Wilson. “The wait's going to be worth it.”
And students are waiting another day, while boxes of furniture are unloaded, wires are put in place, and final touches are made. So while everyone else heads to school, workers at Hannan, New Haven and Wahama will get the job done for a delayed first day.