MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – In an effort to bring Bob Jones High School closer on par with Madison’ new James Clemens High School, The Madison City Board of Education approved a capital plan that calls for a $20.47 million renovation that will repair and modernize the 17-year-old school.
According to a press release from Madison City Schools, bids will be opened in spring with construction starting in June.
“We’re looking at a 15-month construction duration,” Christine Jones of SKT Architects, told the board Tuesday night.
Under the plan, the renovation will include a new lobby/welcome center, a major gym makeover, technology and aesthetically-improved classrooms, improved flooring and lighting and an enclosed connector across the courtyard joining the east and west wings. Renovations to the auditorium and upgrades to the electrical, security and hvac systems are also planned.
Additionally, $1.5 million will be set aside to purchase land for a new elementary school in a yet-to-be determined location, $3 million for an indoor swim facility for school swim teams proposed near the stadium and central office, and $300,000 to renovate the Bob Jones track.
The BJHS work is the result of months of study from a capital planning committee guided by a community focus group last year and general discussions in board meetings.
“This is a workable project and a workable budget. We’re getting a lot of bang for the buck. It will be very exciting for all of Madison especially Bob Jones students,” Dr. Fowler said.
BJHS Principal Robby Parker told the board that equipment staging and construction sequences can be worked out to not hamper parking or student learning. Parker said the planned work focuses on the most important needs.
“This addresses the student needs and the community needs. It definitely helps the sustainability of Bob Jones for the future,” Parker said.
Dr. Fowler said the $3 million for the pool facility proposes a 25-yard enclosed pool for practices and limited swim meets. He said school officials are open to talks with the YMCA and City of Madison of partnering for a larger facility.
Priority projects on the capital plan will be paid for largely from $27.8 million BRAC bonds the city qualifies for. Other items on the capital plan include security improvements, HVAC and roof replacements, parking lot repavings, technology improvements and many others at various schools.