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McIntosh’s new look unveiled with walkway opening

The new walkway at McIntosh High School opened on Tuesday afternoon, giving the building a new look.

McIntosh High School celebrated the opening of their much anticipated walkway on Tuesday afternoon, opening a new era for the school.

The walkway connecting the second level of the math and science wing with the second level english classes gives a different look to the front of the school that has remained virtually unchanged since it opened in the early 1980’s. For a school continually on the rise, the new path, along with a revamped front office, is a fitting improvement.

“When they brought the plans to me, it was a dream come true,” remembered McIntosh Principal Lisa Fine. “It’s prettier and more functional than I could have ever believed. The front entrance of McIntosh High School now has the prestige with which our school should be associated.”

Marion Key and other members of the Board of Education cut the ribbon officially opening the walkway.

The opening was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by many county dignitaries, including the school board.

Assistant principal and MHS alum Stacey Smith thanked the board for the new addition and recounted how much the school has changed since she was a student and the math and science wing itself was not yet completed.

Board of Education Chairperson Marion Key, whose children attended McIntosh, spoke of traditions at the school. She joked about one old tradition where the seniors would decorate the school before the first day of classes. One year, the principal arrived to school and was awestruck to find a Volkswagen Beetle on the roof of the building. The second tradition, being broken this day, would be the crowding into the front lobby as students from the second levels had to merge in one spot. Key finished with, “The third tradition that I hope is never is broken is the tradition of academic excellence. That has always been the tradition at McIntosh. A good education will serve you in life, no matter what your dreams are.”

An inspirational wall in the renovated front office.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow thanked many people, including Principal Fine and the rest of the administration for their work and flexibility during renovations, but especially the taxpayers whose support make such special projects possible.

Assistant principal and MHS alum Stacey Smith leads the first procession through the walkway.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.