The new classroom project at Sweetwater Junior High School (SJHS) is nearing completion, Sweetwater City Schools Director Rodney Boruff said this past week.
Boruff said getting the furniture for the classrooms and putting in the lockers are the main parts left. Once the work is done, it will be the final leg of a project to build a new gym and convert the old gym into classrooms at the school.
In February 2016, a storm blew through just before students headed off to class that morning. Students were safe but the wind badly damaged the gym. The Sweetwater City School System already had dreams of one day replacing the aging, cramped gym but the storm forced city school system officials’ hands early. After insurance delays, the Sweetwater Board of Education approved the final plan for the new gym and classrooms.
Actual construction began a little more than a year ago. The new gym was finished first and opened at the end of 2018.
The converted classroom addition will have five classrooms, including a computer lab, and another room upstairs with two more rooms below what was the former gym.
The City of Sweetwater will help the school system by paying $40,000 annually on the bond for the project.