(Copyright 1999. The Tattoo. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

May 31, 1999

Renovation is on target

The Tattoo

Since September, students at Bristol Eastern High
School have been living with noise, dust, water
puddles in the halls, falling objects and strange odors.

So when is this construction stuff finally going to be

"The construction is going as planned from the start.
We have just completed phase one," said Stan Petrow,
the project executive.

Workers recently completed the English and social
studies hallways. The renovated rooms are equipped
with new windows, additional electrical outlets and the
heaters and other hardware got a coat of slate-colored

Yet students can only celebrate for so long -- because
contractors have moved on to the foreign language
hallway. This means more aggravation for students as
well as teachers.

Construction crews continue to install lights that turn
off and on automatically, along with new windows and
floor tiles.

The ceiling tiles, however, are on hold.

Petrow said that water is leaking through the cracks in
the ceiling. "Why would we want to ruin our brand
new tiles," said Petrow.

You have heard it yourself, students, so donít forget
your umbrellas.

It could always get worse, but the school has tried to
help the situation. For instance, it recently put garbage
cans in place of buckets for all the leaking water.

The leaks should be cleared up when the school gets a
new roof as part of the construction project.

The overall renovation project -- which will cost
nearly $40 million for both city high schools --
includes the movement of Eastern's media center to
the first floor as well as a new computer lab.

Eastern will also get new bathrooms with new
electronic sinks. Sprinklers and temperature controls
are other devices being installed.

"We expect for Eastern's construction to be completed
for the year 2000 and 2001 school year," said Elia
Gontezes, the project manager who oversees both

Eastern students, donít fall into distress, though
youíll have to live with the smell and headaches for
at least another year.

But when Eastern is completed, what may now look
like a cave could get better.