By Morgan Bryce
Construction of the new Beauregard High School is slated to begin this summer.
The $23 million project, approved by the Lee County School Board in March, will include the demolition of the old school and construction of a new building that will possess 20 classrooms, two computer and science labs, an administrative wing and more.
“It’s much needed, and the school is old. When I came here, we were in an old wooden building, and the current building was built in 1972,” said BHS Principal Richard Brown. “Over there, the hallways are too narrow, the bathroom facilities are not where they need to be, among other things.”
During the expected 16 month-long construction process, classes will be held in trailers across the school’s campus.
Renovations will also begin this summer on the school’s cafeteria, career tech center and band room, which Brown said will be expanded.
“This is going to really add to the community. I think you’re going to see our enrollments shoot up … we’re currently a mid-size 5A school, but we could be 6A within the next five years,” Brown said. “It’s going to be a nice, beautiful school.”
Demolition of the old school is scheduled for the week after graduation ceremonies, which will be held May 24 at Hornet Stadium.
BHS alumna Jennifer Golden has arranged a final photo shoot for all Beauregard graduates on the steps of the old high school May 20 at 6 p.m. For more information, find the “Last Picture on BHS Steps” Facebook event page or call 334-707-4884.