MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – The nearly 20-year-old campus of Bob Jones High School began preparing for a multi-million dollar renovation Thursday.
People worked throughout the day to relocate several key offices. This renovation will ensure that BJHS students have the latest technology and a learning environment that is second to none.
Visitors Friday will find the main entrance has moved south, left of the usual entrance, to a door entering a classrooms corridor. Those classrooms have been relocated to make room for the front desk operation, student admissions, clinic, registrars office and other offices from the main lobby area where work will start. Principal Robby Parker will occupy an office on the first floor.
The temporary quarters will remain in place throughout the summer, while the main office area gets retrofitted with new furniture, lighting, flooring, technology upgrades, paint and some reconfigurations, including the addition of security doors. The new front entrance and offices should be back in place by the start of classes in August.
Some other long-term renovations began as well, including replacement of the building’s HVAC system, extensive technology additions and improvements, new paint and modernized equipment in classrooms, flooring replacement and refurbishment, construction of an enclosed connector from the media center to the lunchroom area, major renovations to the gym, and other work. Those renovations are expected to be done in stages through the estimated completion date in summer 2015.
The school renovations come just days after the Madison City Board of Education accepted a $366,080 bid from Competition Athletic Surfaces for renovations to BJHS track and field. The board that night also authorized an agreement to acquire a real jet from the U.S. Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola to permanently display in front of James Clemens High School.