Built in 1942 for 700 students Shenandoah Middle School was state of the art for its time. Today, it serves 1,500 students and offers bilingual programs to create a literate workforce and a museums magnet program. Despite some new buildings over the years, the old handsome school is in dire need of repairs and technology. Too many classes still use overhead projectors, the bathrooms are not in the best shape, and students eating in the cafeteria often get splashed by water from air-conditioning ducts hanging above, as these photos show.
A recent Health Department inspection found the roof of the walkway to the cafeteria needs repair, some water fountains weren’t working properly, ceiling tiles were stained and crumbling in various rooms as was carpet damaged by water. There was evidence of termites and water-leaking windows throughout.
Shenandoah is among 260 Miami-Dade County schools that need you to vote “Yes!” in November to bring it back to its old glory. It’s worth it.