Story By Juan Garcia | Photos By Chloe Medina
For the past month pledges have been cut short, announcements have had to be sent through e-mail, and both students and teachers have been distracted by the noises coming from the intercom system.
“You cannot concentrate,” counseling clerk Sandra Avalos said. “It’s too loud and too noisy to focus on the students and parents.”
The mysterious noises were assumed to come from the addition of the three new buildings. The distance the signal is required to travel is too long, and, consequently, the intercom announcements have been strained to make unusual noises. The front office was focused on fixing the problem.
“We’ve tried everything,” administrative assistant Brynda Pack said. “We have new parts, new software, and even updated the software.”
The intercom system seems to be fixed, but the time loss due to the noises cannot be returned.
“It was a distraction,” senior Joy Arimendez said. “Everybody’s attention was drawn to the noise.”
Teachers and students have learned that they have taken the clear signal during the moment of silence, pledges, and announcements for granted.
“I realized after the static that having a clear signal was wonderful,” english teacher Carolyn Landess said. “Static free announcements are worth their weight in gold.”
Everybody is hoping that is the last they hear of the intercom noises.
“I’m hoping that its fixed now,” Pack said. “I’m cautiously optimistic.”
However, under any emergency circumstances, teachers are advised to press their call button. And if the noise is unbearable somebody will come in person.