Horizon Middle School was completely gutted and remodeled, opening as scheduled at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. But with a global pandemic in full swing, almost no one was there to see the newly finished building, and the district wasn’t able to host its usual open house to show it off to the community.
That changed last week, when seventh- and eighth-grade students began returning to the classroom in small groups. Sixth-graders began attending classes in person in mid-January.
There were some students who got to roam the nearly empty halls back in September. “We had 30, 40 kids the first day of school, some special education students, from day one,” said Principal Josh Wolcott. “It was ready to go.”
The school has been transformed. Gone are the large earthen berms on the south side of the building that made the…