Architects Host Community Meeting About Bob Jones High Renovations

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — There are some big and much-anticipated changes coming down the pike for Bob Jones High School. The school, built in 1974, has seen several renovations since then but now Madison City Schools are looking at a major overhaul for the Patriots.

“This is huge but we feel like it’s a project that is going to take a little while to do right,” says Bob Jones’ Principal Robby Parker.

CEO of DeJong-Richter Architecture Tracy Richter moderated a community meeting about the planning process for renovations to Bob Jones High Monday night at James Clemens High School.

Parents listened on and took notes as Richter explained his firm’s approach to focusing on the needs of the learner and not the simply on bricks and mortar or aesthetics.

Drastic changes were discussed for almost every inch of the campus.

“Not only has technology changed,” explains principal Parker, “but education itself changes so what we’re looking at here is our connectivity as well as just creating a lot better learning space for someone who’s going to be attending a college or university in the year 2013 or 2014.”

Technological trends and security took center stage at the meeting. Robby Parker says it will be up to superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler, the Madison Board of Education and the architects to determine a definitive timeline for the huge undertaking. Parker says though the phases of improvements will be well worth the wait and investment.

“We’re not by any means sitting on our laurels for the factory model school,” insists Parker. “We are looking at what a school should look like not only in 2014 but what should a school look like in 2024 and what kind of space is going to be needed in order to prepare students to be able to go out and be college and career ready.”

Renovations will take several phases to complete but Robby Parker says he expects some work to begin almost immediately after school lets out in May–specifically, he says, to the cafeteria pod.

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