Public invited to tour renovated Hannibal High School

Special to The Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 18, 2019 12:01 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal High School will be open to the public on Friday to showcase the renovations that have taken place at the building in recent months.

The open house, which was a topic of discussion during Wednesday night's meeting of the Hannibal Board of Education, will take place from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

The event will precede the homecoming football game at 7 p.m. between the Pirates and Marshall Owls. In addition, Friday night will be Senior Night at Porter Stadium.

Superintendent Susan Johnson acknowledged that the time of the open house has been adjusted since plans for the event were first announced over a month ago. Johnson said the start time was moved back 30 minutes to accommodate parent work schedules, post-school day activities and Senior Night festivities, which will precede the football game.

While a preliminary survey indicated a turnout in the 40s is likely, Johnson is keeping her fingers crossed that more people will take the opportunity to see the renovated building.

"I hope it will be higher than that," she said. "We would love to have a great turnout."

The open house is an opportunity for the public to see firsthand how its support is benefiting the school district, Johnson added.

"I really hope our community comes out and takes a look at what their support of our school and students has done, and how it has altered the culture and climate in our school in a positive manner," she said. "We want to say thanks for that support."

Those attending will have the opportunity to roam the halls of HHS and see for themselves the changes that have taken place.

"The hallways are so much brighter with the new lighting that's there," Johnson said. "It (renovations) has really modernized our school a lot without sacrificing the character that we all love."

Members of the school board, administrators and possibly a select group of students will be "strategically placed" throughout the building to make sure no one gets lost and to answer questions.

"I know our board will really enjoy that as I will, too," Johnson said of interacting with the public.

Johnson plans to have informational fliers available detailing what has either been completed or is nearly finished as part of Phase 1. On each flier's flipside will be details regarding what is planned during Phase 2.

"That (Phase 2 work) will start as soon as the summer break starts," Johnson said, noting that a good deal of the next project will be focused on the middle school and Korf Gymnasium.

A PowerPoint presentation will be set up near HHS' Senior Star. Johnson said it will feature "some of the good projects that have been done so people can see what it looked like as it (Phase 1) was occurring."

Heading into the open house Johnson said that Phase 1 work is "extremely close" to being completed, explaining that some "detail work" on windows is ongoing along with some "fine tuning" of the new heating system.