HCISD begins modernizing secondary classrooms

Phase one of the modernization of secondary classrooms has begun at Harlingen CISD. Middle school and high school campuses started receiving new classroom furniture this summer.

Coakley Middle School, Gutierrez Middle School of Arts and Sciences, Vela Middle School, Vernon Middle School World Languages Academy, KEYS Academy, Secondary Alternative Center, Harlingen High School, and Harlingen High School South will be furnished as part of phase one of this project.

In June, Vela was one of the first campuses to receive the new student desks and chairs.

A group of ACE students were the first to see the new furniture.

“The furniture is nicer than the stuff we had last year,” Vela eighth-grader Romeo Perez said.  “It’s colorful. It’s more comfortable. Well, I would say the students who come in next year will be happier to see these desks.”

Each classroom will include new student desks and chairs, a teacher desk and chair, a bookcase, and a locking filing cabinet.

The modern desks, both the student and teacher ones, allow for flexible arrangements to fit the needs of the learning environment and lessons of the day.

“This new furniture is really going to help a lot because the bookshelves and the teacher desks have wheels, so things will be easier to move,” Vela Head Custodian Miguel Piedra said.

Throughout the summer, all other schools that were part of phase one received their furniture.

Now, these campuses are hard at work preparing all their classrooms for the next school year.

The next phase of the project, which will provide new furniture to other secondary campuses, will continue next year.

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