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Open house at Horton Middle School

By Gerald Totten
Posted Saturday, February 24, 2007

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Pittsboro, NC - Principal Mervin Jenkins was host to an open house Thursday as the school allowed tours of the new offices. Horton Alumni, Chatham Education Foundation, school nurses and psychologists now have a home in one of the wings and had a chance to show off their new digs.

Each of the new tenants realizes they may be looking again if and when Horton receives more students but for now, they finally have a place to hang their welcome signs and hats.

I arrived early and took a walk around other wings of the school. When I do that in a school, my purpose is to talk to teachers, housekeepers, staff, students and to take a look at conditions. While most of the school is aged, the condition is solid. There are some maintenance issues but those I saw in the past have almost all been repaired. The school is clean and everyone I talked with was happy with the working conditions.
As a matter of fact, the heel marks made when students lean against the walls are almost non-existent at Horton while those at Perry Harrison, one of our newer schools, are in the halls as well as the boys’ restrooms almost throughout.

The Horton Open House was a huge success and welcomed the new tenants in fine fashion.

Thanks, Mr, Jenkins and staff and to your new tenants for a pleasant afternoon.

Gerald Totten is a member of the Chatham County Board of Education

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