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Update: “We Need Better Bathrooms ASAP!”

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The sinks have been repainted black to conceal the once rusted foundations.

For the students at the New Milford High School, many of their prayers and wishes have been answered. With the newly renovated third floor bathrooms, students are beginning to feel acknowledged and heard by some of the administrators here at NMHS. Principal Louis Manuppelli, and head custodian Vergilio DeGuzman recognized all of the problem areas after touring all of the student restrooms and locker rooms with senior Sarah Valdez

Issues including cigarette-burned toilet seats, discolored walls, rusted sinks, missing receptacles, lack of soap/paper towels and bottom of the urinals were all addressed. Toilets in both male and female student restrooms were given newer, whiter seats, replacing the older silver and burned ones. The rusted sinks in the girl’s bathroom were painted over in black and the walls recolored with a lighter, pink paint.

The boy’s bathroom was also repainted with a sky blue paint, and the bottom mats in the urinals replaced with newer, blue ones. All the stalls in the girl’s bathroom were provided receptacles with baggies inside to allow female students to properly dispose of any toiletries they may have used. Both restrooms were also replenished with soap in the dispenser and rolls of paper towels. Even the space between the last stall and the wall has been covered so the female students have more privacy.

Several students still argue that they “don’t see a difference,” but others have been heard saying “wow the bathroom looks really nice!” One student, Keira Collazo (’17), stated, “The school did the best they could do without completely renovating the entire bathroom.”

Another senior at NMHS, Emily Tarantino (’17), described it as “aesthetically improved.”

While change may just be beginning, there’s still a long road ahead for the student bathrooms and locker rooms to be fully renovated. Many students hope the bathroom floors will eventually be re-tiled and the lighting adjusted in the third floor bathrooms. Other students, specifically athletes, are hoping for the locker rooms to be next on the to-do list. Either way, we are grateful for the improvements that have been made so far!

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