A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house tour will be held at Madison County High School’s new, three-story building Sunday.
The event, which will be held at 3 p.m., is open for anyone to attend.
“We welcome everyone in the community to come out to this event,” said Madison County school superintendent Allen McCannon. “We’re excited about this building and we’re indebted to the taxpayers who made this happen. We just want to take the opportunity to thank the community for allowing this to happen. We’re happy for the students, teachers and staff at the high school.”
McCannon said Sunday’s ceremony won’t be long. It will begin in the high school gym, with principal George Bullock and McCannon offering some comments. The ceremony will then move to the front of the new building, where a ribbon cutting will be held. Members of the class of 1971, the first class in the previous main building of the high school, will be recognized, along with members of the upcoming senior class, who will be the first graduates from the new facility. State school superintendent John Barge is also scheduled to attend.
Maps of the new facilities will be passed out and citizens will have the opportunity to tour the building.
McCannon said he is pleased with how the Madison County community has responded to the high school expansion.
“We’re just extremely thankful to see our former graduates so excited about the additions,” said McCannon. “It makes us feel good to have their involvement.”
The high school expansion includes a new ROTC suite, journalism lab, business lab, band room, choral suite, media center, administrative area, counseling area, cafeteria, kitchen, special ed area and new science labs. There’s a big, new football field house.
And the school system also received a $3.65 million grant to establish a Broad River College and Career Academy, which includes the construction of a new ag life sciences building. That building includes multi-purpose, biotechnology, animal science and plant science/horticulture labs. The college and career academy will teach job-relevant skills to local students. There will be new programs for students, such as culinary arts, audio and video technology and film, healthcare science. There will be expanded ag education. Students can learn metal fabrication, electrical construction, architectural drawing and design, forestry, food science and nutrition, nursing and more.
A ribbon cutting for the Broad River Academy building will be held at 4 p.m., Sept. 18. Lieutenant Gov. Casey Cagle is planning to attend.
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