Menominee Junior-Senior High School students return to class

Published: Feb. 8, 2023 at 6:27 AM EST
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MENOMINEE, Mich. (WBAY) - Menominee Junior-Senior High School students returned to class Wednesday for the first time this school year.

Students have been in virtual learning all year after heavy rains caused the roof to collapse and flooded the second floor over the summer. The cleanup led to the discovery of asbestos.

Sports teams returned to practices in the building Tuesday night.

Action 2 News spoke with students, parents, and teachers as they returned Wednesday morning.

“It’s been a bit rough, especially with certain things that kind of require you to have in-person learning. For instance, I’m in band. We definitely need that in-person practice so being online has not helped,” said Logan Ayres. “I’ve noticed with being online you don’t have that retention. You’re not a sponge-like normally. Things are being taught to you but it’s not staying.”

Choir and band teacher Will Ragnon said, “I’ve really missed having all the high school students back. For music an important part of it is having everyone all together to listen to each other and the fact that we’re making music together.”

“Normal environment back to school normal hours it is exciting,” said parent Lisa Dahl.

An open house was held Tuesday to give families and students a chance to view the renovations.

“We are excited that all students will be returning to school in person on Wednesday. Students should report to their first-hour class. Our staff has been anxiously awaiting their return. All in-person instruction, as well as extracurriculars and after-school activities, including sports, are returning to a normal schedule,” reads a statement from Superintendent Richard Sarau.

Hopes of reopening the school in January were dashed by the discovery of a “suspicious dust,” requiring further cleanup.