School's building ranked among worst by national magazine

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

It's not a ranking to be proud of but staff members at Fannie Bush Elementary in Winchester say they're not necessarily surprised.

"If you've been in Fannie Bush, you see it's outdated and needs to be replaced," said Clark County Schools superintendent Elaine Farris.

People magazine has ranked Fannie Bush as one of the six worst school buildings in the entire nation. The school has been in existence since 1954 and has never been renovated. It lacks many of the amenities seen in more modern facilities.

One of the problems at the school has to do with the restrooms. There is one boys bathroom and one girls bathroom. Some 300 children use these facilities each day which can make for some long wait times. Another issue entails some creative scheduling as the gymnasium also functions as the gymnasium.

"These students deserve more than what they've been given," said Angie Bush who has served as the school's principal for the past four years. Bush adds that she is somewhat happy to see the ranking as it shows the conditions students and teachers have been working with.

School officials say they hope that the attention on their school lets people see that students deserve to be in a better learning environment. They also say that despite the out-dated facilities, there are no deficits in the teaching program. Students are still meeting all the state and national standards set forth for the district.

There are changes in store for the Clark County School District including the construction of a new high school. This will allow middle school students to move into the old high school and some elementary students to move into the middle school. The changes involve increased taxes as well as potential school closures but school officials say those are necessary measures to provide students with better facilities.

"Hard decisions had to be made but hopefully this will get everyone in the community to understand what we need to do," said school board member Debbie Fatkin.

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