The open house will be a casual event held from 1:30-3:30 p.m., in which attendees can relive old memories by walking through classrooms, stopping at selfie stations, sharing memories and browsing memorabilia like old yearbooks, blueprints and video clips.
“Berry is an icon. Having been a high school, junior high, middle school and intermediate school, it is the building that many family members can all say they attended. Berry has been in Hollywood movies. It sits back on the hill, making a statement to the rest of the community. It could be considered the flagship of the district,” said Beth Kletzly, Berry Intermediate School Principal. “Generations of families have sent students to this school. I can only imagine that tens of thousands of students have walked these halls.”
Renovations at the school for fifth- and sixth-graders will include new heating, lighting, technology, flooring, ceilings, furniture and air conditioning. The outdated industrial arts area will be demolished, and a 1,500-square-foot addition will be built.
“The facade of Berry will remain very much the same with its brick structure and beautiful front lawn,” Kletzly explained. “The classrooms inside will be updated and modernized with a nod to its original beginnings. A cafetorium will be created, as well as a large learning space that will allow for group exploration, research and student-centered learning.”
Work is expected to begin in January 2017 and be completed for the 2018-19 school year. Funds from the project will come from a bond issue passed in November 2013.
How to go
What: “Until We Meet Again” open house
When: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6
Where: Berry Intermediate School, 23 Oakwood St., Lebanon
Details: Former students, staff and community members are invited to tour the school, stop at selfie stations, share memories and browse memorabilia before Berry Intermediate School is renovated and expanded.