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Facilities Plan:

William S. Hackett Middle School
45 Delaware Avenue


The extensive and sensitive renovation of William S. Hackett Middle School is now complete. Hackett Middle reopened on August 27, 2008 for a ribbon cutting and public tour ahead of fall classes. Superintendent Eva Joseph, Mayor Gerald Jennings, the Board of Education, and principal Kenneth Newman were joined by hundreds of students, parents and community supporters at the opening event. To view highlights of the project, visit the Hackett Photo Gallery.


The extensive renovation of William S. Hackett Middle School was broken into two phases. Phase I construction began in May 2005 and included the replacement and restoration of the school's roof, as well as repair and cleaning of the exterior facade and masonry. New electrical service was also included at the school.


Following the relocation of Hackett's school community to swing space at the former Schuyler Elementary School at 141 Western Avenue in January 2006, Phase II work began in June 2006 and included major renovations and improvements.


Phase II included renovations to all five floors to accommodate up to 650 students in grades 6-8 and divide those students into teams of 100-115 students each. Academic wings have been organized around core classes such as English, social studies, science and math. Classrooms for technology, art and music will be shared among teams.

The new Hackett includes:  

  • 24 general instruction classrooms

  • 6 Special Education classrooms

  • 6 science rooms with prep space

  • 1 family and consumer science room

  • 1 technology classroom

  • 1 music room with practice area

  • 1 choral room with practice area

  • 1 band room with practice area

  • 2 art rooms with kiln and storage

  • Newly renovated library/media center on the ground floor with stacks, seating, teacher workspace, computer classroom, and librarian workroom

  • Gymnasium

  • Swimming pool and renovated locker rooms

  • Renovated auditorium including preserved historic features, renovated seating, improved acoustics, lighting, and sound systems. Handicapped access to stage level

  • New cafeteria and kitchen on lowest level

  • Expanded and renovated administrative support areas for principal, assistant principals, guidance, attendance, and special services

  • Expanded and renovated nurse's suite with exam room, bed area, and toilet

  • Faculty work areas

Infrastructural improvements:

  • Upgraded heating, ventilation, and electrical systems

  • New lighting throughout

  • Improved fire protection and security

  • Computers and laptop stations with Internet access in every classroom

  • New PA system

  • Air conditioning throughout the building

  • Full handicapped accessibility

  • New suspended acoustical ceiling

  • Replacement or restoration of exterior masonry, roofing, doors, and windows

  • Renovated corridors with new tile finish, refurbished lockers, new ceiling, and hallway bulletin boards

  • New sidewalks and landscaping 



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