Page Middle School students adjusting to the change
Bena resident Stephanie Williams-Ortery has two children that were displaced from Page Middle School after it was struck by a tornado last month. They are adjusting to their new schedule at Peasley Middle School, and Williams-Ortery is pleased with the way school officials have handled matters.
"I was dreading it at first, but it’s actually been fine. I can’t say enough kudos to them (school officials) for making good decisions and fast. If the children had missed a week or two of school, it would have been chaos," Williams-Ortery said of moves that had the Page children attending Peasley on a split schedule the week following the tornado.
The Williams children give the new arrangement mixed reviews. "It’s confusing not knowing where things are and where to go," said Morgan Williams, a Page sixth grader. The Peasley layout is much different from the straight three-hall layout at Page and takes some time to learn.
"I like going later," Morgan said of the 1 p.m. start of her school day, "It’s just coming back at 6:30 that’s annoying. I have some friends in elementary school I can’t hang out with, and I have to do homework in the morning."
Morgan’s brother, eighth grader Logan Williams, likes Peasley and the new schedule. "It’s better because I can sleep later," he is quick to say. "It’s way cleaner, and they have a really nice nature trail. It’s long, a lot longer than ours," he said when pressed for more opinion. Logan said his friends also like the new schedule because "we all like to sleep in."
While Morgan will still be at Peasley, but on a closer-to-normal schedule, in the fall, Logan will be headed to modular classrooms that will be situated on the Gloucester High School campus.
"It will be better because we won’t have to stay with all the little kids," he predicted. "You’ll be the little kids," Morgan said teasingly, which Logan ignored. "The high school is a lot bigger and has more activities than our school," he continued.