EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Main street in downtown Evansville is experiencing a renaissance these days, with new businesses, festivals and state-of-the-art centers for education.
But there are also plenty of construction cones, zones and signs.
“Our teachers literally have desks on wheels, and whiteboards on wheels,” says Signature School Principal and Executive Director Jean Hitchcock.
Students and faculty have adjusted to a lot of change lately. In fact, you could say they roll with it.
“Never do anything… don’t get any furniture unless it’s on wheels.”
That’s because it is a time of transitions at Signature School as the school gets a massive makeover on Main Street.
“We will have multiple buildings… there is a feel of a little college campus.”
The building diagonal from Victory Theatre is hidden from public view right now, but exciting things are happening inside.
“We’ll have a new commons down here. We’ll have this beautiful atrium where you walk in and we’ll have tall student desks and study areas with the skylight.”
Upstairs will be a place for learning in brand new classroom space.
“It is really much needed space, and we’re all really excited about it.”
As crews work, students make due, eating lunch in the Victory Theatre, and teachers made their classrooms mobile.
“We use that space for a classroom, we use it for a lunchroom,” says Hitchcock. “So they literally roll the desks up when they need to for class, the wipe them down and roll them back when needed for lunch.”
The project began in January of 2019, and the goal is to finish by January of 2020.
“Alumni are just bowled over. They can’t believe it.”
It is an exciting time with big energy in Evansville, and Signature School is right in the middle.
“Wow, the new Y down there, the new med school here, all these fantastic restaurants, it’s really and exciting time to be here.”
The new expansion will also have a faculty workroom and administrative offices on the top level and is paid for by Signature’s regional cities funding.
(This story was originally published on September 24, 2019)