TMP girls' dormitory moving to Hadley Center
By JUDY SHERARD
The Thomas More Prep-Marian High School girls' residency program is moving.
Instead of living in Marian Hall as usual for the upcoming school year, the teens will be moving into a third-floor wing of the Hadley Center.
Electrical deficiencies at Marian Hall, the facility the school had been renting from St. Joseph's parish for the girls' dormitory, necessitated the move.
The local "board just was not comfortable having girls living in there because it was not as safe as it otherwise could have been," said Jeff Brull, TMP advancement director.
A school supporter recommended Hadley Center, and Angie Roth, assistant admissions director, checked into it.
The space suited the school's needs, "and really it's move-in ready," Brull said. "When we move our furniture in and put our locks on that wing, it's going to be a perfectly secure and actually very, very nice facility for the girls to live in."
Approximately 25 girls will be moving into the residency hall, Brull said.
They will be assigned roommates.
There are enough rooms for the incoming female resident students, private bathrooms and showers, laundry facilities and a common room. The area is handicap accessible. The building has private electronic locks, multiple exits, and a full fire suppression system, according to a news release from the school.
As in the past, most meals will be cooked and served at Nations Hall, the boys' residence hall. Female resident students are transported for meals, school and activities.
The girls' residency wing has a kitchenette, so if they want to do a little cooking just for themselves or pop popcorn they can, Brull said.
The former Hadley Hospital chapel is adjacent to the girls' dormitory wing and will be available as a prayer and meditation space.
Resident advisers are available 24-hours a day and make transportation arrangements, assist with activities, ensure online activities comply with school standards, and provide for students' overall safety and well-being.
Michelle Fairbank is director of resident life.
The school has signed a 10-month contract through May 2015 with the Hadley Center for the space.
"Many of them (resident students) are international students, and their visas are specifically tied to our school. It was very fortunate that we were able to find a space that they could move into because otherwise their options would have been very limited."