Just in time

Harter Middle School walk-through completed day before school opening
by Susan O’Neill
The final walk-through of the Harter Middle School took place on Tuesday, just in time for the first day of school on Wednesday.

“It’s been tight, but we’ve made it,” former Superintendent of Business Tom Runty said.

After Runty retired, he was hired back by the district to supervise the completion of the new school, as well as renovations of the current middle school and Blackberry Creek Elementary School.

“A lot of progress was made in a very short time,” he said.

Runty and Assistant Superintendent of Business Julie-Ann Fuchs credited the custodial and technology staff for working quickly and efficiently to get things done The final concerns had been to complete the roadway and to get the exits cleared for students to enter the grounds. Runty said that everything is finished on Harter Road except for some work on the road shoulders.

New students and their parents visited the school for the first time last Thursday, to orient themselves and find their way around.

“There were a lot of ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs,’” Runty said.