[Posted December 16, 2015] One of Uni’s main feeder schools, Emerson Middle School, has been under construction for almost two years, receiving its first major improvement work since 1940!
Pictured above: Emerson principal Dimone Watson (Photos courtesy Howard Fine/UHEF)
The project was formally dedicated on November 18, in the new gymnasium, which rises above Selby Avenue. Board of Education President Steve Zimmer, who dedicated Uni’s new field and track on October 18, presided over the ceremony.
The Emerson facilities improvement program included:
- New gymnasium, with a basketball court, dance classroom, music classroom and locker rooms and showers.
- Renovation of existing spaces into two arts classrooms and two computer lab rooms.
- New, synthetic-turf outdoor field (a first for Emerson!) and multi-sport outdoor courts.
- Elegant new all-electronic LED marquee and flagpole at the main entrance on Selby Avenue.
- New bus and student drop-off lane on Selby Avenue, plus new staff parking and a reconfigured traffic flow.
Zimmer, as has become his custom, engaged in an athletic contest with Emerson Principal Dimone Watson on the basketball court; at the Uni field dedication, he threw the football around with Principal Eric Davidson and two Uni players.
More importantly, the ribbon-cutting ceremony marked a new era for the 952 students at Emerson, in a substantially-improved campus. Congratulations to Zimmer, the District 4 representative, for his efforts to make these improvements to a school which desperately needed them.