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Interactive whiteboards, video cameras in classrooms and a modern dining room with an elevator: how the school built in the framework of decentralization in front-line Krasnohorivka lives.

REFERENCE: School No. 2 in Krasnohorivka was built in the 1930s, and in the 1950s, an additional building was added. At the beginning of the war, 450 school students studied here. After the shelling in 2015 and the direct hit of the missile in May 2017, one of the hulls was destroyed and the roof totally destroyed. For a number of years, school students attended other schools until classes were resumed in January.

Reconstruction began two years ago, when the school was identified as a main school in Marinka district (together with schools in Marinka, Kurakhovo and Yelyzavetivka). Now, this is the largest school in the frontline city – the only where there are 10 and 11 classes.

The first thing we saw having crossed the threshold of the school – the dispatching room with the video monitoring panel, where there are recordings from cameras located in classrooms and corridors. There is also a fire alarm and a radio unit (creation of a school radio is still planned).

– We did not receive the status of a main school, but in 2016, all teachers and management attended training courses of the regional institute of postgraduate education, – a director Olena Mykhatska said. – Before the war, 40 teachers worked at the school, now 24, including 14 senior teachers and 13 top-rank teachers. All subjects are taught by specialists. There are an average of 19-20 children in the classes, a total of 190 students, but classes began only two months ago. In September, we hope that more children will come to us, because at least 200 students should study at the main school. It is envisaged that students from the Halytsynovo and Zoria schools will be brought to us (20 km from Krasnohorivka – author’s note).

Olena Mykhatska has been running the school for 14 years. Despite a 30-year teaching experience, last year she completed her master’s degree at the Slavic Pedagogical University in the field of study of “head of the educational institution”, since the director of the modern school must first and foremost be a good manager.

The headmistress arranged a short excursion for us. It is cozy here, almost like at home. There are soft benches in the corridors; the walls are painted in warm colors – pink, beige, yellow.

Classes are held in the south wing; in the north, there are the dining room, specialized rooms, assembly hall. Food is lifted to the dining room on the second floor by a freight elevator from the food block where it is cooked. By the way, the dining room is in bright colors with comfortable chairs, it does not look like a school at all; it looks like a cozy youth cafe. From the second floor, there is a beautiful view of the courtyard of the school, also well developed during renovation.

Only walls of the old building remained, and all the rest was replaced: windows, doors, heating system, sewerage and water supply. Heat-insulated walls, cabinets and corridors, except for video observation system, equipped with fire alarm system. There is an elevator that will allow children with special needs to attend classes. Next to the school, a boiler station is built for two boilers, which will also heat the nearby kindergarten.

First of all, the main school is a modern equipment and technics. Each class has an interactive whiteboard, projector, laptop, printer. The primary school is equipped with teachers’ computers and 15 laptops. There are 10 laptops in specialized rooms – chemistry, biology, 15 are in the computer room. All furniture, gadgets and equipment are purchased at the expense of the regional budget. According to Liudmyla Panchenko, a head of the education department of the Marinka district state administration, about 100 million USD has been spent on reconstruction and equipment, but the reconstruction works are still ongoing, so this is not a final sum.

– We perceived the back to the school as a holiday, – Natalia says, a mother of a sixth-grader Yelyzaveta. – We live behind a refractory plant, it takes 40 minutes to go to school, but the child does not pay attention to it. Since 2015, she attended school No. 5 for the second shift. It was difficult to get used to such a schedule. This impeded to get involved in music and drawing, because the vast majority of the groups work afternoons. And the information is better received in the morning.

– Of course, we came back with pleasure, because after repair, the school looks perfectly, the most beautiful in the city. Not every regional center can boast an educational institution like our, – Maryna says, a mother of a ninth-grader Liza.

The children, who are now in sixth grade, went to school in 2014. They did not have the first bell holidays, because active fighting was already underway. Back at home after a long break; it is like a reward for them. Younger children began to study at other schools, as a third-grader Sashko. Here he likes camcorders and tennis at his favorite physical education class. Going to this school, Sashko and his classmate Tymofii is a little far, but they are brought up and taken away by parents – teaching children to modern standards is worth the extra care.

Iryna DIMITROVA/Gromada Skhid No. 4 (13) 2020