Frozen In Time

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Frozen In Time

Cody Anderson

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We finally know what time it is at West Salem High School. New clocks were installed, where before, students were left wondering why time stood still- at least according to the clocks on the wall. Students wondered if they were above budget, or perhaps too difficult to install. No one was exactly sure why the clocks had been stopped in the first place, or why we hadn’t replaced them yet.

In February, the clocks were finally replaced. However, students still have many questions. David McPheeters, the Director of Buildings and Grounds, has the answers.

The price of the new clocks was not in the budget as they cost roughly $22,000, according to McPheeters. As far as installation is concerned, it went smoothly.  “We did not run into any problems while installing the clocks thankfully,” said McPheeters. “I did feel pressure to get them up. I have been waiting for parts from another company and they never showed up. So, I went out and found a new company. It was a relief to have the clocks working in all the rooms.”

The new clock system is wireless which made them easier to install. “Well, we went with a new wireless system. It was very easy to do actually. The master clock sends out a signal to all the other clocks, so thankfully we didn’t have to run any wires, so it actually went up very easy.”

For students like Morgan Adams, the broken clocks got in the way of class. “It was tough because you never knew what time it was, and whenever you looked at the time on your phone, the teachers would think you were doing something on it like sending a snap to your friend, when actually you were just looking at the time because the normal clocks didn’t work.”

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