MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — Big news is coming out of Madison City Schools this week. Bob Jones High School is set to receive $20.47 million worth of renovations. Along with that, a new swimming facility is in the works for the community.
“Bob Jones High School is only 17 years old, it’s hard to think, my goodness why do you need to renovate a 17 year old building?” said Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler. “Well, I’d just ask you think back personally, how much technology did you use 17 years ago?”
Fowler told WHNT News 19 that the school needs to be on the same level as newer schools in the district. ” We’re just making sure we have all the technological advantages that our other schools have, the electrical advantages, also the mechanical system needs to be renovated. ” Bids for the renovation will be opened in the spring, school officials plan to have construction start in June 2014.
Grab your swimming trunks. Madison City School Board also approved $3,000,000 for a new swimming facility. “We’re having to limit the amount of kids that we have on the swim team,” said Fowler. “I’m embarrassed to even say that–we’re limiting kids, because we don’t have the lanes to practice, but with this new swimming facility it’s going to be great opportunty for a lot of kids.”
School officials said they are open to talks with the YMCA and the City of Madison for a possible partnership for a larger facility. “As soon as possible I’m going to ask the Board to approve an architectual agreement so that we can get the building drawn, get plans ready, break ground, and then we want to start swimming in Madison City.”
The renovations will be paid out of a capital plan. The plan also sets aside 1.5 million dollars to purchase land for a new elementary school in a yet-to-be determined location. $300,000 has also been set aside to renovate the Bob Jones High School track.