Work continues on old school house

BOONVILLE — Starmount High School’s Agriculture Department has undertaken a recent project: the restoration of the old schoolhouse located on Starmount’s grounds. It was brought to Starmount and rebuilt in the late 1970s and is comprised of one room, with an upstairs living quarters for the teacher. It’s a very quaint cabin-like building, yet it holds no running water, air conditioning, nor electricity.

¨It must have been hard without all of the things we have today,¨ said Montana McCann, a student helping to restore the grounds.

Another student, Chase Sparks, said, “We are very fortunate to have the things we have today.

Starmount High School agricultural students work on maintaining the school’s original one-room school which was moved to the campus in the 1970s.

The restoration project is managed by Cody Allen, a teacher at Starmount. He and his students have been working on the old school during class time. “We want this area to become something useful,” Allen said. “We want teachers to be able to bring their students out here to read and host faculty cookouts.”

Not only is the old schoolhouse listed as an historical landmark in North Carolina, but it also stands as an environmental learning site. Allen has applied for a grant from two companies to go towards the materials necessary to complete the project.

The department’s work is a continuation of Rick Seipel’s devotion at Starmount. He is now a retired teacher from the Agriculture Department, and his legacy for this program lives on through Allen’s leadership.

Sarah Dowell is a member of the new Starmount High School journalism club.